How do I find the origin of a phone number?

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How do I find the origin of a phone number?
Telephone services and the Web can help identify unknown callers. (telephone image by Melking from Fotolia.com)

In today's fast-paced world, taking time to connect with family and friends by phone is important. Unwanted telephone calls from individuals or telemarketing companies can be a nuisance. Luckily, new Web-based tools and telephone provider services eliminate the hassle of unwanted calls, and provide peace of mind by identifying callers and call types.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Telephone
  • Computer
  • Pen
  • Paper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lift your telephone handset and listen for a dial tone.

  2. 2

    Dial *69 on your telephone receiver keypad or 1169 on a rotary phone. The service, known as call return or last call return, will automatically dial the last number that called your line. In some states, a voice message will provide the phone number, date and time of the last call received on your line.

  3. 3

    Write down the telephone number on a piece of paper.

  4. 4

    Open your Internet browser and go to Telewho.com. The site allows you to input a land line or cell phone number to find corresponding information.

  5. 5

    Click "Search" and enter the phone number. This will open up a new window that provides the name of the person, address, city, carrier and whether the call was placed using a land line or cell phone.

  1. 1

    Lift your telephone handset or view the base of your telephone and record the number that is displayed. Caller ID devices can provide either a phone number or a phone number and name.

  2. 2

    Record the information on a piece of paper.

  3. 3

    Open your Internet browser and go to Telewho.com. The site allows you to input a land line or cell phone number to identify the caller.

  4. 4

    Click "Search" and enter the phone number. This will open up a new window that provides the name of the person, address, city, carrier and whether the call was placed using a land line or cell phone.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a pen and paper by your telephone to record telephone numbers from unwanted callers.
  • Dial *89 on your phone or 1189 on a rotary phone to cancel *69.
  • *69 is available only on calls from a land line and some long-distance calls. It will not provide phone numbers from cell phones or blocked numbers.
  • Users will be charged a fee each time *69 is used. Rates vary by state and may include a long-distance rate if the service is used to return a long-distance call.
  • Caller ID does not provide the name or phone number of blocked or private calls.

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