How to find out who is texting you

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How to find out who is texting you
Strange text messages can be worrisome. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Nearly everyone has received a strange phone call or text message not meant for you. This usually happens because the caller has an outdated number for the person they're trying to reach. Typically, a simple "You have the wrong number" will suffice. However, if you're getting constant text messages from an unknown person, you have a right to find out who is harassing you -- and stop them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Visit your cell phone provider and get a print out of all the text messages you've received, starting with the first strange message.

  2. 2

    Visit or another site, such as or and type in the number in the reverse directory. Print out the person's or company's information.

  3. 3

    Visit your local police station and fill out a report, itemising the harassment you've received from this number. Submit the forms from your cell phone provider and from the website.

Tips and warnings

  • Some cell phone companies will require a court order to give you a print out of your text messages.
  • Some services charge for letting you look up a number, but there are so many free services online.
  • Some smart phones let you download an application that automatically looks up all strange phone numbers when you get a call or a text.

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