Seeing an unfamiliar number repeatedly on your caller identification display can cause you to wonder who is trying to reach you. Perhaps it's a wrong number, a telemarketer, debt collector or even a long lost friend. Instead of answering, complete one or more simple Internet searches to discover the origin of the number.
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Navigate to Google.com, type the 10-digit number into the search box and press "Google Search" to submit your results. If you receive a large number of results, place quotations around the last seven digits of the phone number and submit the search again. Proceed to Step 2 if this search does not yield the information you want.
Click on the link on the search results page that offers to give you detailed phone records for the number in question if Anywho.com or Whitepages.com can't supply you with any results. You will be redirected to a site such as Peoplefinders.com or Intelius.com, which will provide you with the information you want for a small fee.
Follow the external website's prompts to purchase the report, if you decide you are willing to pay to find out who is calling you. Make sure the service has some type of money-back guarantee or no charge guarantee if you are not satisfied with the results.
Tips and warnings
- See Resources for a link to the section for "800 Notes", if the number you are trying to identify is a toll free number. There you will find detailed notes made by others who have received calls from the same number, and you may even be able to find out what company is using the number.
- Consider checking out any reverse lookup service that asks for money on the national Better Business Website at bbb.org. You may be able to find out if there are any complaints about them and then make your decision to do business with them based on your findings.
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