How to find who is calling me by phone number?

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How to find who is calling me by phone number?
Identify unwanted callers with a reverse phone look up. (mobile phone image by Clark Duffy from

Unwanted calls during dinner and late at night can be more than a little annoying, and some telemarketing companies go beyond annoying. Companies that call your home multiple times a day become intrusive and even disturbing. Luckily, most people have caller ID that shows the number that is calling you. With just the phone number, you can do a reverse phone lookup to find the name attached to that phone number.

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Things you need

  • Reverse phone lookup service

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  1. 1

    Go to a reverse phone lookup website. Several online sites such as and allow you to input a phone number to find the name or business registered to that phone.

  2. 2

    Enter the complete phone number, including the area code, into the phone number text box. Once entered, click the "Find" or "Search" button. This takes you to a screen providing all public information available on the phone number such as location and name.

  3. 3

    Enter the phone number into the search box of any Internet search provider such as Yahoo or Google with quotations around the phone number (for example: "555-555-1234"). This may give you information about telemarketing companies using illegal practices unavailable in reverse phone lookup databases.

Tips and warnings

  • Cell phones and some private numbers are not listed and therefore unavailable to the general public.
  • You can report telemarketing companies violating the "do not call list" to the FTC if you have the company name.

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