Thursday, August 28, 2008

How to conduct Reverse Lookup of the caller identity

The search string “ reverse lookup” made up to the line 39 on the Google Trends by the midday. In April, in one of my publications I provided the way to Remove your personal data from public records. This actually represents the approach to block one of the ways to get your personal data from unwanted intruders, knowing your phone number. However, the “bad guys” can be on both sides of the fence. So, you need to know how to get the guy that is calling you in the middle of the night just to say “Hello!” Or to catch the weirdo, calling my 75-years-old dad and offering couple prostitutes cheaply.

So, if you ever were in the similar situation, and you need to know, how to identify the harasser, review the publication devoted to reverse lookup.

You can run your own phone number reverse lookup without hiring an expensive private investigator using a few free and easy techniques:

1. Call Them - If you are bold enough, you can call the number yourself or have someone else you trust call the phone number. Remember, your purpose in calling the number is to identify the person behind the call, so it may not be wise to reveal your own identity outright.

2. Google - Another easy thing you can do is to type the phone number into a search engine like Google, MSN, or Yahoo. I have done this on a few occasions with success. The phone numbers that I typed in turn out to be telemarketer numbers. Surprisingly, many people come online with the very same numbers and receive the same vague phone calls. Note, that the number in some search engines can be easily blocked.

3. Free Phone Directory - You can also use an online phone directory like the White Pages. This is basically an online version of your typical phone book. It will help you find listed home phone numbers or landline numbers, but not very useful for cell phone numbers.

4. Cell Phone Directory - If you are certain the phone number comes from a cell phone user, you can subscribe to a cell phone directory.

5. Phone Number Reverse Lookup - This is your best option if you want a quick and reliable reverse phone number lookup. You type in the phone number and you get an instant report showing you the name, address, carrier, and other details regarding the user.

The hardest part of doing a reverse cell phone lookup, is working out which service to use. Unlike with landline numbers, an accurate, free reverse cell number search can’t actually be done. The sites advertising as free are either fakes that let you search for free, but then make you pay to see the information, or sites that “decode” cell numbers to help work out the location and carrier (not the accurate information you want).

Several options (not free) to start from:


Anonymous said...

Neat Reverse Directory:

Michael Pekker said...

This is typical paid search services. The same as others.