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Very strange situation. My wife and I bought our very first Subaru vehicle a couple months ago, March 2020, our brand new Ascent Limited 7 passenger. I have an Android phone and my wife has an iPhone. Four or five times since buying the vehicle, when I have my Android connected via Bluetooth I have received a ghost text that says it's from my dad. My dad is very much alive and the text always says the same thing - Something about "Hello, I finally got my car back, 2150.00 later but it's running fine" if I remember correctly. HOWEVER, my dad has never sent this text to me, it does not show up in my texts on my phone or in the text history shown on the car audio via the Phone settings, or anywhere else. Once I play the message it is gone forever until it plays over the car audio again. I have actually taken a picture of the message prompt that comes up on the screen showing I have a new text message from my dad, the text "View" option where I can read the message on the screen, and a video of the playback of the Ascent reading the text to me. But then it disappears again. Again, my dad has never sent this text message to me and it's the strangest thing.

Any idea why it's doing this and/or how to make it stop? It's weird! I've tried deleting my phone from the Ascent and readding it completely, but then the mystery text came up again today. And again, it's nowhere in my phone or text history on the vehicle, but it certainly did appear and play over the audio speakers. Any help is appreciated.
 

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I wonder if you are getting this as a spam message over and over and your phone recognizes it as spam and kills it but the car catches it in that split second.

For me my weirdest phone pop up on the screen is when I got a call from my mom shortly after she passed away. That was easier to solve basically my dad did not know which phone was his. I must admit it darn near gave me a heart attack.
 

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Spam is probably the most likely scenario. I connect with Android Auto and have never had this happen on ours. You should be able to see these text messages on your billing statement with your cell phone provider. Most provide an "account activity" view that allows you to see all inbound and outbound traffic, regardless of whether it was flagged as spam or garbage by your phone. That account activity would confirm (or not) that your phone actually did receive those...and it might also provide the source phone number used.
 

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I know this is an old thread, but thought I'd chime in. A family member of mine had the same experience, twice now. A text message comes into her Ascent, but never shows up in her phone. She too has an Android and the sender has an iPhone. To make this even creepier, the sender is my deceased wife!

Did you ever find a reason for why this happens?
 

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This literally started happening to me this past week. I'm getting random text messages through my chevy traverse's radio from friends and family that they are not themselves actually sending nor is it showing up in my text threads.

I think what is happening is that the Bluetooth signal itself is actually grabbing people's messages and sending them through to my car.. It's happening quite frequently now and I've noticed that it mainly happens when I send text messages out. I've owned my truck for roughly 8 months now and have never had this issue in the past it is a completely new issue.

Over this past week alone I've had ghost messages come in from at least three contacts in my phone. Usually while I'm actually in the process of texting them. For example the other day I picked my daughter up from work and I text her to tell her that I was outside and got random messages from a couple arguing. Today I was waiting outside of a restaurant for food to be brought out and was texting my friend and got random messages from somebody else about baby photos and bottled water. These messages did not show up in my text message thread on my phone and as I was texting my friends they were confirming that these messages did not come from them. I also got a few random messages with my landlord's company address in the text message.

I'm not sure why other people's text messages are being intercepted and sent to my truck but it's definitely weird. It almost reminds me of being a kid when you could walk around on a portable phone and if you got too far out of range you would pick up on other people's calls.
Has anybody figured out how to make it stop yet?
 

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(0.o) I'm baffled as to how it even started for you. BT is a point-to-point connection between devices, granted over RF spectrum, but the protocol is ptp. The only thing I can think of would be to run and Android emulator on a laptop and sniff the BT traffic between the car and it. Not something I've personally done, but I'm sure there's a way out there.
 

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Makes me wonder if there may be some malware involved and the texts showing up on the vehicle are a symptom/side effect
 
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