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Can the police/ phone provider find out who owned a de-activated mobile number?

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    To cut a long story short, the other day I got a text out of the blue from someone claiming to be this guy I used to see (but haven't heard from in about a year or more). It was slightly believable at first, but I soon figured out it wasn't him just from how the messages were typed and getting things wrong when talking about what happened etc.
    I have a very strong suspicion as to who it was as this particular person is the only person who knows the things that were being discussed in the texts and is the only one who has a reason (albeit a stupid one) for doing something like this, but he is adamant that it wasn't him and got really angry at me for accusing him (which to me is just another sign of guilt) and just got really stupidly annoyed by the fact I said it couldn't be anyone else.

    My point is, I still have the number, but I tried calling it to see who it really was and the operator just said 'the number you have called is not recognised'. But it must have been registered/ in some sort of system at some point, mustn't it? So would the police/ a phone company be able to identify who the number was registered to?
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    (Original post by JH-QC)
    To cut a long story short, the other day I got a text out of the blue from someone claiming to be this guy I used to see (but haven't heard from in about a year or more). It was slightly believable at first, but I soon figured out it wasn't him just from how the messages were typed and getting things wrong when talking about what happened etc.
    I have a very strong suspicion as to who it was as this particular person is the only person who knows the things that were being discussed in the texts and is the only one who has a reason (albeit a stupid one) for doing something like this, but he is adamant that it wasn't him and got really angry at me for accusing him (which to me is just another sign of guilt) and just got really stupidly annoyed by the fact I said it couldn't be anyone else.

    My point is, I still have the number, but I tried calling it to see who it really was and the operator just said 'the number you have called is not recognised'. But it must have been registered/ in some sort of system at some point, mustn't it? So would the police/ a phone company be able to identify who the number was registered to?
    Why would you get the police involved?
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    (Original post by ForensicShoe)
    Why would you get the police involved?
    Well not necessarily police, just trying to think of anyone who could identify whoever the number belonged to
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    (Original post by JH-QC)
    To cut a long story short, the other day I got a text out of the blue from someone claiming to be this guy I used to see (but haven't heard from in about a year or more). It was slightly believable at first, but I soon figured out it wasn't him just from how the messages were typed and getting things wrong when talking about what happened etc.
    I have a very strong suspicion as to who it was as this particular person is the only person who knows the things that were being discussed in the texts and is the only one who has a reason (albeit a stupid one) for doing something like this, but he is adamant that it wasn't him and got really angry at me for accusing him (which to me is just another sign of guilt) and just got really stupidly annoyed by the fact I said it couldn't be anyone else.

    My point is, I still have the number, but I tried calling it to see who it really was and the operator just said 'the number you have called is not recognised'. But it must have been registered/ in some sort of system at some point, mustn't it? So would the police/ a phone company be able to identify who the number was registered to?
    The network operator would know this. Like **** would they tell you though. You'd need a court order, which you won't get.
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    Since you already know who it is, what possible gain is there by proving it? The police won't get involved unless a crime's been committed, which it doesn't sound like it has. Even if they did get involved they wouldn't tell you more than you needed to know, they aren't in the business of organising witch hunts.

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