Last night, in the middle of the night I got a notification that an unknown number was verified for my Google account. When I clicked on it, it went to the list of numbers and I saw this unknown number plus my own Republic number, but my number had a date verified under it and the other did not. I took a screenshot for a later ticket to Google and immediately deleted the number and changed my password. I went to recent security activity and nothing was there indicating a new number was verified, and I went to recently connected devices and saw nothing out of the ordinary. I searched forums on Google and it seems this happens to a lot of people, but there was no explanation other than you must have been hacked. Google just got back to me and their first question was who else has access to my account.
This was VERY concerning, but after some digging I thought to look for my secondary number. Sure enough, the number that was randomly verified was my Republic secondary number.
I am responding now and letting Google know about this since I found nothing about it on their forums, nor Republic’s community. My question is why is this happening without people prompting it and should we be trying to add this secondary number? I deleted it before I knew, so should I try and add it back? What would be the benefit of having this number verified with Google?