With a fudged SMS or faked SMS sender the conceiver of text message can set sender’s number of his/her choice, making it possible for anyone to send text messages from any number. For example, with Fake SMS sender I can send an SMS which will show sender’s number as 0321-0000000, or I can set sender’s name as ‘myname’ or anything.
This technology is used to send cloaked messages with alphanumeric names such as: Ufone, Warid, QAU, GIKI and so on..
All these software available in local market use services of international marketers for sending fake text messages. Countless international companies offer SMS cloaking to their customers who use their brand names as message sender in their marketing efforts.
Some evil brains in Pakistan have developed desktop applications , they have named it VBG Fake SMS Sender which can send text messages with any senders’ number by using network of these international SMS vendors (through APIs) , These local criminals are now selling Fake SMS senders by posting advertizements on relegated websites to flock money, which is of course illegal.
How to Trace Fake SMS?
If someone has sent text messages with your number with exceptionable substance, then you need not to worry. There’s a way of proving that message wasn’t sent from your number and that it is a Fake message , there are tow ways to confirm
1, SMS center number of any spoofed message or fake message will be an international number, such as +445566776654 or +22XXXXXX or anything but not a Pakistani number , as Pakistani numbers start with +92XXXXXXXXXX , The SMS Message Center Number is a phone number that acts as a entrance for sending or receiving SMS messages between cellular devices. Since fudged messages are sent by International marketers only, so there is probability that SMS center number of a spoofed message will be an international number. SMS center number of a text message can be found by going in to message details, there is an option given as Service Center no. , click on the option and check.
For all messages that are legitimately originated from Pakistani networks are having following SMS center numbers.
For Zong Numbers: +923189244444
For Mobilink Numbers: +92300000042
For Ufone Numbers: +923330005150
For Telenor Numbers: +923455000010
For Warid Numbers: +923210006001
2, If you are a victim of Fake SMS then you can prove it wrong by obtaining your call detail from your cellular company. Almost all cellular companies (except Mobilink) offer online call detail records or you can obtain this list for various service centers of mobile phone companies. Fake SMS will not come out in your call record, since it was never sent using your cellular network. Hence you can prove that a particular message was not sent by you or your number to anyone, and infect is send by fake user.
Now we should be taking steps to get rid of these frauds , in order to get them down we must search on websites like Google, Bing, yahoo etc. for those who are selling these VGB Fake SMS sending software. Call them as customers and get their contact details in order to hunt them down. Furthermore they can contact classified websites to get these ads removed from their websites. Before that we must aware more and more people about this fake sms sending, because it could cause some very serious issues on domestic as well as commercial level. Pakistani news channel Dunya News, however, carried this news by exacting that a new system has been introduced in Pakistan through which anyone can send text messages with a number ID of his/her choice. Dunya TV said that this new system, which it dubbed as “Evil Mobile Software”, will allow anyone to send text messages from any mobile number which can cause serious privacy and social threats for anyone, especially the girls.
We were tipped by multiple readers about the accessibility of such SMS faking software in local market, however we then decided not to carry the news as it could aware the fraudsters of a new technique of fooling people. But since the news has reached the masses now, we thought of telling our readers a way of tracing spoofed messages through which you can prove that messages (with your number as sender) were indeed not sent by you. But it is been sent by the software of sending fake messages.