SMS Verification Code From Google (220-00 / 611611) : AM I BEING HACKED?!

Am I being hacked? That’s the first thing I thought when I received the following message from 220-00:

Your Messenger verification code is G-######

The strange thing is, I don’t use SMS 2-factor for any of my Google accounts. Apparently, Google still uses it internally. This particular code format is used for verifying RCS for Google’s new enhanced SMS service. The codes are sent out automatically and are intended to be viewed only by your phones internal system, never displayed to the end user. Some Android phones (and likely all iPhones) end up displaying the SMS instead.

So no, if you receive this message, you’re not being hacked, you’re just seeing some internal message intended only for your SMS app to parse. Do be careful and keep this code private still as it could be used to authenticate into your project fi account.

 
Some users report the same message from 611611 / 611-611

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