Can a text message be sent from landline that is out of service

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An old friend said they received a text message from me, which I did not send. When I asked what number it came from, they gave me the number of an old land line that I had disconnected 3 or 4 years ago. I called the number and it is still out of service. I texted the number and received an error message stating that the message could not be delivered to the non-wireless number. The message they received was pertinent to our friendship, i.e. not something others would know about. Is it possible the old number was hacked or more likely that they are not being truthful about the message they said they received?
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It is not uncommon for people to receive calls that ‘spoof’ a legitimate number – I have had people call my cell to ask why I was calling them (even when the phone was tucked away, out of my reach) and I have also received calls that the owner of the number swears that they have not made. You can even get calls that show something legitimate in the Call Display, but are NOT calling from the organization that shows up. It’s a coin toss – and frankly you would know better than us if your friend might be lying for some reason.

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  • carlosdl
    Someone with the appropriate knowledge would probably be able to send a fake message making it appear as coming from almost any number, but why would someone want to do that to you?

    If they wanted to get you into any kind of trouble, they would have probably used your current number for the message, instead of the old one.

    I don't know the person who received the message, so I don't know if they would do that, but that would definitely be my first suspicion.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Some times people surrendered land line no to the respected vendor, they might be sell the same no after do some changes on their system. It happens or might be. You can asked the vendor for the old no where did you surrender.   
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  • ToddN2000
    Sounds like your number was spoofed. I'll check with my nephew but he said there is a website for "pranking" people just like this method, I just can't think of it of the top of my head. If the message was of a personal nature, is it something you shared on-line with this person? It could be that your information was hacked on-line then used by the spoofing method to cause problems.
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