Mystery text shown on preview but not text in the inbox??

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by tonydsam, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. tonydsam macrumors newbie

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    I received a text alert today when my phone was locked and this showed the preview screen saying " Text message received from" it then had a number I did not recognize. I then unlocked my phone expecting to be taken into my messages but was just shown my normal homescreen. There is no record of a text message at all. Has anybody else had this as this sounds very much like a virus or something similar, although everyone on here always tells me not to worry about viruses on the iPhone? I have tried contacting my phone company and they cannot confirm or deny what text messages I receive so are able to help.
     
  2. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    Is your phone jailbroken?

    What apps do you have installed if you are?

    Actually, what apps have you installed even if you aren't?
     
  3. okgsds macrumors newbie

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    I had this happen to me as well but on email not texts. I did a hard reset, holding down top button and home button until device shuts off, and left it off for about a minute. When I turned it back on it was fixed. Hope this helps. BTW I am on an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.1.
     
  4. tonydsam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My iphone isn't jailbroken. I have 43 different apps but why do you want to know what they are? I have notifications turned off for all apps and only have push activated for my mobilme find my iPhone service so an app shouldn't be able to communicate with me unless I want it to especially via a text message.
     
  5. tonydsam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Were you repeatedly having this happen and from contacts you didn't know, if not how did you know it was fixed? Thanks for saying how to do a hard reset as although I won't do it at the moment it is good to know. I have been able to send and receive other texts normally so I don't think the reset is needed yet.
     
  6. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    Is maybe something running in the background?

    If you are not jailbroken then it's unlikely that you have a virus, though there was that security hole vis-a-vis PDFs, or something. I don't know (or understand) the details.

    Sorry I can't be much help...

    One thing you -could- try is to restore the Phone as new and introduce your apps one at a time to see if any of them are causing trouble?
     
  7. tonydsam thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No sorry, no apps are running in the background according to the task bar as I always close the apps once I finish using them and I can't see any odd process names in the sysstats app I use. I have found something a year and a half ago stating an iPhone could get taken over with a text message but that has been fixed by a software update so hopefully not that. I don't think I will restore as I am not seeing any odd behaviour or having this happen a lot so if I restore I wouldn't know if any app was causing the problem. Thanks for you help anyway.
     

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