Tracing cell phone messages can be useful to finding out who is sending you or someone else unwanted text messages. Many spammers send out anonymous spamming text messages now. Users who do not have text messaging plans are often charged for opening these messages, causing them to have higher phone bills. Plus, most people generally like to know from whom they are receiving messages anyway. There are two ways to trace someone's cell phone messages, but neither one are guaranteed to produce results.
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Things you need
- Cell phone
- Text message
- Computer with Internet access
- Debit/credit card (optional)
Check your in-box of your cell phone to obtain the number from which the text message was sent.
Type the 10-digit number into a search engine and hit "Search" to search for possible matches.
Examine the results for a match on the number. Some websites compile lists of known spam numbers. However, if the number matches a business or person, click on the link to confirm the phone number. If it is the same, then your trace was successful and you now know who the sender is.
Tracing Via Search Engines
Navigate to a reverse number service, some of which are free and some of which charge a fee for their services.
Enter the 10-digit number of the sender when prompted to obtain more information about the number. You will usually at least be able to view the service provider and location of the number for free, whereas you might have to pay for more specific information.
Pay for additional details on the reverse number lookup website by using your debit/credit card to learn the specifics of the sender.
Tracing Via Reverse Number Lookup Services
Tips and warnings
- Call the number back to see if someone answers, and inquire as to who is texting your cell phone if someone does; even if no one answers, voice mails can sometimes lead to identifying information.
- Never disclose personal information over the phone when attempting to trace a number, and always read the fine print of any reverse phone lookup services to ensure that no recurring fees apply.
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