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March 21, 2018

What You Need to Know About Reverse Phone Number Lookups

There are a lot of ads floating around online, inviting users to get tools for free phone lookups. Usually, you will get some free data, such as the potential geographical location of the phone carrier. After showing you this bit of information, these services kindly invite users to “click here,” and for “only” $1.95 or $34.95 you can enjoy a full detailed report about that particular phone carrier. That’s how these sites typically operate.

There are no 100 percent accurate databases

Users and potential buyers of these services have to be aware that 100 percent accurate databases that will tell you the most precise information about a phone number/carrier does not exist. That’s not to say you won’t be able to get some accurate information, but be aware that you might be paying for information that might is outdated or input incorrectly into the database. It’s also very possible a phone number was correct at the time it was added to the database, but since then has have been ported to a new carrier. For these reasons, be careful and consider your purchases carefully.

Advice for conducting a reverse check on a phone number

Run the phone number in Google (News - Alert). Even if this might seem really obvious, Google is still the most comprehensive free public search engine. Your search results usually reflect every document, blog, website, resume, ad and other online locations where the phone number you are looking for might be displayed. Again, you have to be aware of the risk of getting outdated results. For instance, when you’re conducting a reverse phone number search in Google, you can get results even if that particular person has disconnected the cell phone service because the number might be still listed on various sites.

Check the carrier and other information about the number via an online service. Fortunately, there are plenty of services that offer free checks. You can find out data about the owner of a particular number, social media activity, secure data and more. You can also find out who called or texted you using a reverse phone lookup tool.  The best example is the CheckThem Reverse Phone Lookup tool. This handy software will enable you to find people by performing a reverse phone number lookup. All users have to do is enter the number into the search box that is displayed on the website of this tool, and you will get all the relevant information associated with the number.

Hire a private investigator. Even if this sounds a bit old school, hiring a PI to do the job for you will always work and will probably never truly get old. The only downside is the cost.

Edited by Erik Linask
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