Whether you’re interested in a mystery number that appears on your phone – or curious about a number popping up on someone else’s phone – there are times when you might wonder how to trace a phone number back to the person calling.
Business numbers – and many other land line numbers – are easy to trace back with a quick Google search or traditional telephone directory, but it is not so easy if your mystery caller is a private individual calling from a cell phone. You can still try a Google search to trace a phone number, of course, but it’s often disappointing because many mobile numbers are simply unlisted.
If you hit pay dirt in Google results, you’ll usually only be told the approximate location of the caller (usually, the city or county associated with the area code) and the possibly phone carrier the number is associated with (which is probably not particularly useful). While better than nothing, this isn’t typically the kind of information you’re looking for.
Once in a while, you might get a partial name or some other tidbit you can use (such as an email address), but no other information to really help you figure much out about the person making the call.
Identify Mystery Caller
It’s understandable that you would want to identify the mystery caller rather than picking up for a stranger. You could call the number back, of course – maybe from another phone or using a “burner” phone number if you’re trying to be especially discrete – but, even then, you have no way of verifying that the person on the other end of the line is who they say they are.
If the number is associated with a business, you are more likely to get a reasonable amount of information from a simple phone call, but it won’t necessarily help you if you’re concerned about who, specifically, might be calling from that business. Business professionals might also list their phone numbers online for advertising purposes (if anybody wants you to trace a phone number, it’s those guys!), but – once you know it’s a sales calls – there’s nothing else to investigate.
There are other businesses – mostly telemarketers and, unfortunately, some scammers – that do not want their phone numbers known. In fact, once the numbers they’re using become well known on the web, they’re likely to switch numbers, which makes it difficult to immediately trace a phone number like that. Still, within a day or two of the telemarketers/scammers starting their phone calls, the number should come up with a Google or Bing search.
Reverse Phone Searches
Fortunately, true reverse phone searches exist for just this type of situation. Using all available public phone information as well as information on unlisted phone numbers and cell phone numbers collected from all across the US – and updating this database daily – reverse phone number directories allow you to trace a phone number for just about anyone that’s been calling you.
Unlimited search plans start at around $0.95 and allow you to trace a phone number to a name and current address instantly. In just seconds, you’ll know who’s been calling and your search is completely anonymous – try one out for yourself:
Want to know more about the person on the other side of the phone? No problem! The same company offering reverse phone searches also offers complete background checks. With these people search reports, you’ll receive information on relatives and known associates of the person as well as criminal records, judgments, marriage/divorce records, and more – all for around $10.
The information you get can definitely help you figure out if you want to answer the phone the next time they call! As with the reverse phone search, ordering a background check is completely anonymous and can be completed in just seconds for free preview results!