So you want to send someone a text, but you don’t want them to know it’s you, eh? Maybe you just want to have a little fun with a friend or you may have other reasons. Whatever the case, it’s pretty simple to do. Just follow the instructions below and you’ll be leaving confused looks on people’s faces in no time.
How To Email A Text Message
First, you have to know their phone number and mobile carrier (AT&T, Verizon, etc.). Armed with a phone number and the list below, you should be able to easily figure out the email address to send a text message to your victim’s phone.
Virgin Mobile: firstname.lastname@example.org
US Cellular: email@example.com
Metro PCS: phonenumber@MyMetroPcs.com
where phonenumber = your 10 digit phone number
(Thanks to tech-recipes.com for the list)
Get A Fake Email Account
The easiest way to do this is to head over to Gmail and create a free account. You want this free account because you’re only going to use it for this and you want to set up the name and address to be whatever you want.
The screen shot above shows my new account as B Obama with an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org, but I eventually went with President Obama and email@example.com. Be creative.
Send A Text Message VIA Email
Now here’s the really easy part. Just compose an email from your new Gmail account. Send it to the address from the first step above. You might even leave the subject blank to make it look more like a text. The result might look like it did on my iPhone in the first image in this post, but be aware that some phones/carriers will display the email address, too, like my Verizon DROID Incredible below:
You may also note that I tried to include an image on that one. My iPhone didn’t show the image or even indicate that there was one. The Verizon phone removed the image (and said as much) as seen above. I’ve had mixed results on other carriers. If you’re unsure, just do a test with another friend who’s on the same carrier.
With one more relatively simple step, you can actually spoof the email address as well. All this means is that you’ll make the email look like it’s coming from a more convincing address. In the past, this used to require some technical savvy and access to a server that would let you do it. Now, it’s as simple as downloading a free email spoofer and installing it. For me, this took about two minutes. Take a look at the image below compared to the one above. The one below shows a text that, to most people, looks like it came right from the White House. Of course, with the email spoofer, you don’t even need the Gmail account, but I like to use both.
Share Your Results
I’m interested in what you’ll all be sending to your friends/co-workers/family with this. Let us know, below, about the fun you had and any reactions you got. And remember… This is meant to be for fun with a couple friends. Ultimately, stuff like this can get tracked back you you if you do something illegal with it. You’ve been warned.