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 Received text message; any way to determine general area sent from?
ReSSurrected  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:09:46 PM
Evening, ARF-

Title says it all. I have a text in my phone that is approximately three weeks old. I would like to determine where the sending phone was when it was sent. Does not need to be precise; even what state is good enough for me.

ETA for clarity: I guess what I'm really asking is, is there a way to determine what cell tower the text was transmitted to, and then the geographical location of the tower?

I'm sure you all have a pretty good clue where this is heading, but until I have 100% certainty, I'm not saying more. I guarantee epicness though, depending on the information.

Thanks,
ReSS
Merrell  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:10:46 PM
Google the phone #

07Commander  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:11:12 PM
Well, she wasn't at my house.
Merrell  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:11:38 PM
uh oh, a woman involved?


EJECT.
ckichinko  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:12:35 PM
Originally Posted By Merrell:
Google the phone #



Will turn up the location of either the cell provider or, if the number has been recycled/carried over when someone moved, a random area.

JVD  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:15:13 PM
google the area code and first 3 digits and that should get you near the city the phone was set up.
ReSSurrected  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:15:32 PM
Originally Posted By Merrell:
Google the phone #



Well, here's the thing, I know the number, and I know the phone's normal location; it was allegedly in another state for an appointment when the text was sent. I would like to determine if in fact it was in the state it was supposed to be.

I guess what I'm really asking is, is there a way to determine what cell tower the text was transmitted to, and then the geographical location of the tower?

And yes, it's a woman issue. Will the ARF curse strike again? Help me find the answers to my question and find out.
E-Mag  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:15:37 PM
I do not believe you can do that
CrazyWhiteGuy  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:16:19 PM
If its an Iphone the hacks are out there for the geo-sat tracking that they have enabeled on there.

Better off is asking questions about driving patterns, what routes were taken, traffic saturation, weather etc.
Merrell  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:16:34 PM
Originally Posted By ReSSurrected:

And yes, it's a woman issue. Will the ARF curse strike again? Help me find the answers to my question and find out.


hmmm.

This woman. Is she big?
RenegadeX  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:16:56 PM

Originally Posted By Merrell:
Google the phone #


Waste of google.

No way to know where the phone was without getting carrier records.

ETA:

ask to send pic via text and then decode the exif data. Probably does not know how to spoof that.
ckichinko  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:17:02 PM
Originally Posted By ReSSurrected:
Originally Posted By Merrell:
Google the phone #



Well, here's the thing, I know the number, and I know the phone's normal location; it was allegedly in another state for an appointment when the text was sent. I would like to determine if in fact it was in the state it was supposed to be.

I guess what I'm really asking is, is there a way to determine what cell tower the text was transmitted to, and then the geographical location of the tower?

And yes, it's a woman issue. Will the ARF curse strike again? Help me find the answers to my question and find out.


Only the cell company/ies could tell you that, and chances are you won't get it without a subpoena. Sorry bud.
wastedtalent  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:17:27 PM
WTF is going on with all of this today, is it a full moon?
07Commander  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:23:35 PM
damn, am I the only one who knew what he was trying to do ? you guys need to get with it ! LOL !!
SnoopisTDI  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:25:30 PM

Originally Posted By 07Commander:
damn, am I the only one who knew what he was trying to do ? you guys need to get with it ! LOL !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmMmuf5p0W4
maddenamadden  [Member]
7/18/2011 10:41:00 PM
phone tracking
AssaultRifler  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:50:54 PM
who says text messages have to come via another phone?

http://www.txtdrop.com/
MedPig  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 10:55:16 PM
Originally Posted By ReSSurrected:
Originally Posted By Merrell:
Google the phone #



Well, here's the thing, I know the number, and I know the phone's normal location; it was allegedly in another state for an appointment when the text was sent. I would like to determine if in fact it was in the state it was supposed to be.

I guess what I'm really asking is, is there a way to determine what cell tower the text was transmitted to, and then the geographical location of the tower?

And yes, it's a woman issue. Will the ARF curse strike again? Help me find the answers to my question and find out.


Phone company COULD do it, if law enforcement wanted to know, you're shit out of luck...
slo40  [Member]
7/18/2011 11:09:11 PM
Originally Posted By maddenamadden:
phone tracking


SWIRE  [Team Member]
7/18/2011 11:15:27 PM
There is no way for a civilian to get that type of information. If your gut is telling you that your woman is up to no good...then you better listen to it. Sorry about your situation. I could suggest you put a key logger on your computers but you risk knowing more than you ever wanted to.
CrazyWhiteGuy  [Team Member]
7/19/2011 1:53:30 AM
Originally Posted By maddenamadden:
phone tracking


You got me good you fucker
D233  [Life Member]
7/19/2011 1:56:37 AM
subpoena to the carrier is the only way you're going to get that info.
BatcaveSouth  [Member]
7/19/2011 2:23:21 AM
If I was Jim Rockford I could think of a good question to reply with, so the other person would reveal their locations. Hive? Depends on the original msg.
ByNameRequest  [Team Member]
7/19/2011 2:29:45 AM
tag to see where this one goes....
Zach540  [Team Member]
7/19/2011 2:44:35 AM
There is, however you will most likely not be able to do it. It requires alot of technology at your disposal and can be downright it illegal. It has been done quite a few times successfully, it was how Tsutomu Shimomura was able to locate Kevin Mitnick.

Zach
WhackyPlague  [Team Member]
7/19/2011 2:47:36 AM
Is it an iPhone?
BenWa  [Member]
7/19/2011 3:02:14 AM
Was she "camping"?