How to match a phone number with a name

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There are many reasons why you might need to match a phone number with a name. You might have written down a phone number and simply forgot who owns it, or you might have scribbled numbers you saw on street signs while walking or riding a car.

There might be times when you need to find out if a certain number belongs to a specific person you know. Whatever the reason for matching a phone number with a name, it would be a much easier task if you learnt a few tips before going name hunting.

Open your favourite browser and visit websites that conduct a reverse search for the owner of a telephone number (see Resources).

Read the website's home page and enter the telephone number in the blank space provided. Click on "Search" and wait for the initial result. Some websites will immediately provide you with the registered owner of the number you are inquiring. Other websites will initially advise you if they have found a matching name for the phone number that you have given, but will withhold the name and other information until you have paid a small fee.

Write down the name and other details if the website gives you a free result, or navigate the website to open their payments processing page. Follow the on-screen prompts that will guide you through the payment process. View the results and write down all the information.