Finding a Telephone Number's Owner

One of the best things about a mobile phone is that it comes equipped with its own contact list. That means that, provided a caller is in your contact list, you know immediately who is calling. Over time, however, it can be easy to lose the details of a number, or to have a number call you that you do not recognize. If you want to identify the owner of a particular telephone number, what can you do? The good news is that there are now a number of ways that you can find a telephone number's owner.

How reverse phone lookup services work

These Web sites are often referred to as reverse phone lookup services. Users go to the Web site and simply enter the details of the number for which they want to identify the owner. The Web site owners then use a variety of databases to track down the identity of the number's owner. In all cases, these sites will only be able to identify the owner of a number that is registered with a provider in the United States. These sites cannot guarantee that they will be able to find the details or, if they do, that the details provided are accurate. In most cases, these sites will make a charge for the service. You may be required to register and provided your details, so that the company has a record of who has asked for the data. These databases normally cover landline numbers and mobile telephone numbers.

Data provided by reverse phone lookup services

Some of the most popular services include Reverse Mobile, Phone Detective and Cell Phone Registry. Each of these services will normally be able to provide you with some or all of the following data about the telephone number's owner:

  • Full name and address of the owner
  • Owner's date of birth
  • The carrier or service provider for the number
  • Other numbers registered to that number
  • Date number was issued

Other options

Reverse phone lookup services are not your only option. There are other ways that you may be able to find the identity of a caller.

Search engines like Google and Yahoo may be able to give you some basic information about the owner of the number, particularly where it is listed on another Web site within, for example, the contact details section.

It may seem like stating the obvious, but why not call the number from an anonymous line? If the person answers, you may or may not instantly recognize the voice, but it may be worth a shot. Show the number to friends and family, too. They may recognize the number.

Can my carrier help?

Service providers and carriers will not normally be able to disclose the details of a telephone number's owner for the purposes of data protection. Data is private and personal and cannot be disclosed to unauthorized parties. If, of course, you are repeatedly receiving prank or nuisance calls from a particular number, then you can report this to your carrier and/or the police, which may then be able to take further action.

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