OT - NO (Non-Operational) Question

Happy holidays to all.

Quick question with regard "Text/SMS" messaging. I know this is not really
the place to ask, so forgive me for bending your eyes. It appears there's
really no easy way to determine the origin of a text sent to a cell, at
least as far as I can see without involving the provider(611) Any quick
links/ideas as to where to research this?
Perhaps something obvious I missing?

And yes, I tried, lmgtfy.com (:

Thanks in advance, and happy holidays/Xmas/New years to all,

-Joe Blanchard

For shortcodes, Neustar provided a list:


For regular cellular numbers, the Wireless Amber Alert site is popular
amongst MVNO (e.g. prepaid) users to find out so they can use the
email-to-text gateways:


(You don't actually sign up, just enter the number and then it will tell you
the carrier.)

For landlines/VoIP/etc. Google should be able to tell you at least the
city/state. Though it's rare that you will get a text from a landline, it is


I could be wrong, but I think the actual question was "is it realistic
to assume a text to a cellphone came from the number it *says* it came
from?" and I think the answer is "no, there are a few ways to spoof it".

Received SMS messages are probably not evidentiary, absent a report from
the receiving carrier of the message traffic log involved, which would
itself be hearsay unless someone testified about it.

-- jra

Sorry to alll, Yes that in a nutshell woud be my question along with
tracking it,

Thanks jay
- Joe

Thanks Jay

To add to this

Sleepy here but a quick script ((linux for you windows guys)

[root@sumless3 jgb]# cat send_text.sh
echo "go"
     # Server's IP address