Text from someone else that shows it’s from my husband’s phone

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My husband was at the store and texting me about what to get. Just after he finished, I got a very strange text from his phone, but it wasn't from him. It was someone trying to get me to download WeChat.  He gave ID Wang0931322109. Does this mean someone hacked my husband's phone or cloned it or something while he was using it at the store? I'm not quite sure what to do. Ignore it or take action? Can you help?

Software/Hardware used:
iphone se

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Sounds like someone in China (perhaps a communist government employee/spy?) may be trying to lure you into installing their app. Usually ignoring these types of things is best. I can’t think of any good that would come from interacting with this person/entity.

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  • TheRealRaven
    Ignore it except mentioning it to your husband.

    Although there's a tiny chance of hack/clone, it's far more likely that the ID or or the phone number was simply used. There's no requirement for hacking/cloning. It's almost trivial to make messages appear to be from a chosen person, ID or number, far easier than hacking/cloning. Why choose a harder path when easy ones are available?

    But it's good practice anyway to look over devices periodically to see if anything strange shows up.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    What type of network connection on his phone, like external wifi or just a direct internet connection like using a tariff/plan? This is an important if he used untrusted Wi-Fi connection, it might be a dangerous. The tag is showing iPhone SE, however iPhone has such a great mechanism, that can prevent any dangerous hack/some kind of nasty activities. It is better to ignore right now as this was the first case.
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  • ToddN2000
    It's possible but more of just a coincidence. Most likely his number was spoofed or came from someones address book. You may also want to check to see if your phone is the one with a problem. It might just be using your address book to grab his phone number to use for spoofing.
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  • TexasNana
    Thank you all. I'm going to ignore it.
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  • TheRealRaven
    @rogerscarley : Since any such resulting collected evidence is also probable evidence of federal crimes, it's extremely poor and irresponsible advice. It seems more likely that your post may simply be an advertising attempt.
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