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unknown number claiming to be someone i know

So earlier today I get a text claiming to be one of my lab partners in my physics class. The thing is I live on the west coast and this text and the area code is from New York. The most logical explanation I could think of was that I had some sort of spyware on my laptop that discovered my partner's name and my cell phone number and is just messing with me but when I did a full scan with malwarebytes it didn't find anything. welp

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it could be a lot of things

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hope you contacted your lab partner to see if they sent it. if they used voip, then that could explain the location difference.

in addition it could be your lab partner that has the nasty and someone gained access to their contact list. Also many apps will access contact lists on smartphones and send messages.

you may want to go to a tech forum such as techsupportforum dot com, post in their malware section and let one of the experts there help you. They will have you run logs so they can make sure you are clean. cnet is not setup to do that.

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(NT) It's not her

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Sometime Folks Use Phones Set Up Elsewhere

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I've got friends who still use their old phone numbers from states where they used to live.. For one reason or another, they simply chose to keep their old number. And with most cell phone plans, long distance is free and included, therefore there's no reason to get a new number. That would explain why the area code is from New York, maybe.

Just be sure to physically contact your lab partner and find out the truth.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Post was last edited on July 22, 2016 10:21 AM PDT

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it's not her

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i talked to my lab partner and it's not her

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Then I Ignore the Text Like Any Other Wrong Number

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I wouldn't call or text the person back. It could be any other member of your class room making the call, or simply someone making a crank call. Of course, if it continues to be a problem, then contact the authorities.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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