Reverse Phone Lookup

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Reverse Phone Lookup

In the digital age, caller ID is one way to screen for telemarketers, creditors, and other unwanted calls. When a number on your mobile phone or landline is unrecognizable, reverse phone lookups can trace unknown numbers back to a source. The source of an unknown number can sometimes be found with a simple Google search, but reverse phone lookups are often most successful with more specialized sources, including PeopleSmart and Free Phone Tracer.

What is a reverse phone lookup?

A reverse phone lookup, also known as a "reverse telephone directory" is a resource providing access to telephone numbers and their associated owners. Similar to a telephone directory, users are able to match the names or addresses of an individual or business to a phone number. A reverse phone lookup may also be referred to as "a gray pages directory" or a "criss-cross directory."

Who uses reverse phone lookups?

A reverse phone lookup can be valuable for individuals who want to identify unknown callers. Law enforcement and 911 operators will also use reverse phone lookups to identify a caller in the event of an emergency.

Why would I need a reverse phone lookup?

There are many instances that may require a reverse phone lookup: if you miss a call, if you want to identify an area code, if your cell phone shows a call you do not recognize, if you write down a number but forget what it is for, or if you are billed for calls to or from an unrecognized number. In these cases, a reverse phone lookup is a convenient and useful tool.

Are reverse phone lookup systems secure?

Public phone records are considered either "listed" or "unlisted" records. Though some directories are restricted to internal or private use and only accessible by warrant, other directories are accessible to the public and provided by telecommunications carriers.

Can I use a reverse phone lookup for international numbers?

Yes. Many countries provide directories as part of standard directory services from telecommunications companies. Some countries also have private companies that collect information through publicly accessible directories. In these instances, search queries can be made using name, address, or other searchable information.

How do people search engines obtain their phone data?

Typically, people search engines will conduct online searches of multiple directories. Other sites will use search engines to compile information about individuals or entities.

Can I do a reverse phone lookup for free?

While there are some reverse phone lookup sites that operate freely, there is generally a cost associated with getting more comprehensive results. Sites that allow you to perform free searches for personal or business addresses and the owner of a landline or mobile phone number include Free Phone Tracer. Many services limit a free report to include only a name, address, and description of phone carrier linked to a number.

Can I save costs by searching for multiple numbers?

In some cases, it may be worth it to invest in a membership. Lawyers, private investigators, creditors, and other agents may pay for a membership with a company that can provide reverse lookups at a membership bulk rate. PeopleSmart provides memberships and one-time access at a fee. Reports specify landline or mobile numbers, phone owner address, relatives, carrier, and some historical information.

Do reverse phone lookup websites work?

Before paying a fee to a lookup website, you should make sure that it is reviewed and legitimate. You should also be sure that the website has a successful record with other customers. Examples of reverse phone lookup websites include Free Phone Tracer and PeopleSmart. In some cases, these sites can be successful in identifying an unknown caller.

Is my information available on reverse phone directories?

While cell phone numbers are not public, your information could appear in a directory, especially if you have it listed on a social networking site, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. Even though mobile numbers can be more difficult to track, search engines and reverse phone lookup sites can link your information to a cell phone. If you prefer that your phone number does not appear in public directories, taking it off from any public or social networking website on the internet is a safe precaution.

How do I make my number anonymous?

You can make your mobile number invisible from caller ID on a call-by-call basis, permanently or temporarily. The most simple way is to press *67 before the phone number on your cell phone. You can also call your carrier for a permanent line block.

Can I block a creditor from calling?

If you identify a number as a creditor, you can attempt to block those calls, either using a built-in feature on your mobile phone or by downloading a call-blocking application. You can also contact your carrier for additional assistance.