Find out who’s calling you from an unknown or blocked number

If you received a phone call from a number you don't recognize, you can do a reverse phone lookup. A reverse lookup on a phone number is just that: a search for more information about who owns or uses the phone number.

How often do you find yourself screening phone calls from a number that you do not recognize and asking yourself, “who called me?”?

Caller ID makes it simple to recognize an incoming caller by a quick glance at your phone screen or with an electronic voice that conveniently speaks out the name or the phone number of the incoming caller.

With this, individuals receiving phone calls are easily able to choose if they wish to answer the call, resulting in phone users asking “who called me?” less and less.

There’s no good perfect way to find someone’s phone number online. If you’re friends with someone on Facebook, you may be able to find their phone number there. Just sign into Facebook, head to the person’s profile page, and click About > Contact and Basic Info. Under Contact Information, you’ll see their phone number if they’ve chosen to share that information with their Facebook friends.

If you don’t see this information here, there’s no way to find it on Facebook without actually sending the person a message and asking them for it. While Facebook allows easy reverse phone lookups by default, it’s much harder to find someone’s phone number if you don’t already know it.

So you can’t find the person’s phone number on Facebook, where do you turn? Well, there’s still an online version of those heavy paper phone books! But, like the physical books, it only covers landlines. However, that’s nothing to sneeze at. For example, I could personally find my parents’ and in-laws’ phone numbers on these websites with a few quick searches.

These days when the phone rings and I don’t recognize the number, I usually just ignore the call. If someone really wants to reach me, they’ll leave a message. But when I’m expecting a call back from a doctor or am just curious about who called, I turn to a reverse-number lookup service.

The problem is that if you Google "free reverse number lookup" or some similar term, you'll get a lot of "people search" sites that claim to be free but actually charge a fee or provide a free trial to a recurring fee service (which you have to remember to cancel, and they may not make it easy). Some sites I found are just plain deceptive, claiming free search and just forwarding you to the people search sites for affiliate commissions.

Are you getting annoying calls from an unfamiliar number? Do you need to look up a who is calling you? This year, over 29% of calls were spam phone calls, and that percentage is expected to rise in 2019.

Thankfully, there are ways to find out who owns a mobile phone number, some methods are easy, some not so much. To try any of these methods, all you have to do is go on the internet.

Did you realize that you can look for individual on Facebook by entering a phone number? By entering a phone number on the Facebook search bar, you may be able to find the profile of the person to which the number belongs to.

To do this, simply login to your Facebook account and enter in the phone number in question in Facebook search bar. If the phone number is associated with an account, that account will pull up. Additionally, if the phone number was ever shared in a Facebook post, that post will pop up as well too.

Unfortunately, most people have changed their privacy settings so that people can’t find them on Facebook that way or they don’t add their number to their profile at all. Some people don’t want other people to find a cell phone number on their profile, and that’s why they keep this information private.

Additionally, it is not guaranteed that you will get the most up to date, accurate data and that person may not have that number anymore. According to TrapCall, a phone number has to be deactivated for 90 days for another person to be able to use it, and phone companies are more than willing to use a phone number as soon as it passes that 90 day mark.

As landlines are declining, there are new ways to discover the names of people who are calling you by using NCD, A.K.A the National Cellular Directory.

In this day and age, many homeowners are ditching their landlines in favor of their mobile phones. With the ability to remain continuously connected to the internet and swiftly communicate in many circumstances, landlines are quickly turning into a thing of the past.

To illustrate the decline of landlines and the affirmation of cell-phone-only families, I thought it would be a great idea to get started with my perspective, as I feel many readers will be able to relate to the following.

Personally, I have been living without a landline for the past ten years of my life, and so is the vast majority of my peers (I am 29 years old, living in one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the United States).

My parents, who live in a smaller town and have been enthusiastic supporters of landlines over mobile phones, are currently making the switch to get rid of their landline! They have come to realize that landlines were useless to stay in touch with their kids, as me and my brothers both use mobile devices and internet only.

Their landline was also pretty pointless to get in touch with relatives overseas (We have family in Australia, making it expensive to make landline calls).

Ultimately, most of the calls they receive on a daily basis come from sales reps and other unwanted organizations. Switching to a cellphone-only system was a no-brainer for my parents, it gave them peace of mind and saved them money in the process.

At the age of 29 going 30, I almost feel like a dinosaur myself. It doesn’t matter how hard I focus; I cannot remember the last time I’ve seen a person between 15 to 25 using a landline or even having a phone conversation that doesn’t involve an online service or a mobile phone.

Fake and unknown calls are frustrating and annoying to constantly receive, and they can quickly cause permanent damage to relationships.

By using this free reverse cell phone lookup guide, determining who it might be that keeps making your phone ring is simple.

By typing in the phone number, you can quickly receive a plethora of information back about your unknown caller, like the owner’s name, their address, and the phone type and carrier they’ve dialed you from.

Unlike searching through Google or social media, which has a low accuracy rate, the National Cellular Directory’s free service is correct more than 80% of the time.

With this service, you won’t find yourself repeatedly wondering and asking, “whose phone number is calling me?”.

nce you’ve determined your caller, you can easily stop them from becoming a repeat offender by following a few simple steps.

By adding either your landline or mobile phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry, you can significantly reduce, if not completely eliminate, phone calls from telemarketers.

This site allows users to report unwanted calls, register numerous phone numbers, and file a report should unwanted telemarketing calls continue to be received after your phone numbers have been registered.

Today, mobile devices make it even simpler to block unwanted callers right from your phone.

You won’t have to keep asking “who called me?” once you’ve taken advantage of this feature.

In fact, iPhone users can follow these simple steps to block unknown callers with just a click of a few buttons, while android users can do the same here.

Additionally, you can download a variety of phone applications to help with this problem, or simply pay your phone carrier an extra monthly fee to protect you from unsolicited or fake calls.

Each carrier will vary, so contact yours for further information on how to use this service.

For starters, answering an unknown call could potentially be very dangerous.

Oftentimes, an unknown caller is a scammer looking to record your voice, learn personal information by asking just the right questions in a short amount of time, or gain remote access to our phones simply by you answering the phone call.

Sometimes, users who do not recognize an incoming caller will answer their phone when an unknown number appears across the screen.

However, just because the call was answered, there may not be anyone on the other end.

Whitepages claims to be free, but after it compiled my report, the website asked me to pay for the information is found on the number I provided.

It did not offer me the name, or even address of the person who owned the number. Something it did offer me for free was that it was a low-risk number and the general area of the owner’s location. I knew at that point that the number I searched was low risk, so that information was valuable. However, any other information that I wanted I had to pay for.

Simply head to the White Pages website and plug in a person’s name (or just last name) as well as their city, state, or ZIP code. If that person’s name and phone number would appear in a paper phone book in that geographical area, you’ll see it on this website. It’s just like looking through paper phone books, with all the limitations—but it’s faster to search all those phone books, and all at once.

While the White Pages website and other similar websites try to sell you a paid premium service that will try to find cell phone numbers and other personal details, we haven’t used them and would recommend you avoid them. Stick to the free data—there’s no guarantee these services can find someone’s cell phone number if you pay them, anyway.

What if you can’t find a phone number on Facebook, or in the White Pages? Well, then it becomes a lot tougher. This kind of information is generally kept private and is closely guarded. People don’t often post their phone numbers online and there’s no massive database of cell phone numbers and names you can access. Sure, you could try heading to Google or Bing and searching for a person’s name along with “phone number”, but that will almost certainly not work. (Still, it’s worth a try, just in case.)

If you really need to call someone, you may be stuck asking for their phone number directly. If you know the person on Facebook, you could message them and ask them for their number. If you can’t find the person online, perhaps you can find someone who knows them and ask. For example, if you desperately needed to get in contact with someone, you might try finding a friend or relative on Facebook (or in the White Pages) and asking that person for their phone number.

Sure, that advice may seem obvious, but it’s really the only way you’re going to find many people’s phone numbers.

The area code listed on the phone number that keeps calling you may give you more insight into what kind of call it is than you realize. Foreign area codes are most of the time scammers.

Toll-Free numbers like 800 or 844 are usually telemarketers. Always beware of toll-free numbers and calls coming from outside of the US. Also look at this list from Forbes to see the some international area codes that are unsafe.

Additionally, the area code will give insight into where someone lives. In the illustration below, you can see that 5.7 million cell phone numbers start with 917. If you look up that area code from a cell phone number, you will discover that the caller lives in New York City.

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