Who is Calling You?
No one likes to get calls or texts from unknown numbers. Even if the calls are made in error, it can feel like a violation of privacy to have someone you haven’t given your number to making calls to you. This is especially true if their calls are self-serving. People trying to sell you things, people trying to scam you, business engaging in unethical practices- all of these things can make a person very wary about picking up the phone. So, then you see a bunch of unidentified numbers on your phone, and maybe you think that all you can do is wonder who is calling you. BeenVerified is here to help you. With our Reverse Phone Lookup service, we can help you find out who owns a phone number and where that phone is located.
How Can BeenVerified’s Reverse Lookup Service Help Me?
Our Reverse Phone Lookup Service can help you in a number of ways. It can tell you who is calling and the address of a landline phone. That information can help you determine if the caller is an individual or a business. If the phone is not a landline, it can let you know that the phone is a mobile phone, so that you can use our Reverse Cell Phone Lookup Services. Cellular providers maintain separate databases for their cell phone customers than their landline customers. BeenVerified understands that there are limitations on the amount of information available about some cellular or mobile phones, specially the prepaid variety. However, we also realize that sometimes even having partial information is helpful.
What if I Don’t Know if the Number I’m trying to Identify is a Cellular Number or a Landline Number?
Sometimes, all you have is a number and no way of knowing if it is a cellular number or a landline number. Of course, you may have some clues about the type of phone making the call. Clearly, if you have received a text from the number, you are dealing with a mobile device rather than a home phone number. Other times, the caller i.d. may give you clues about what type of phone is being used. For example, many times cellular numbers that do not show up with individual identifying information show up as “wireless caller” or even with the name of a cellular service provider like T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint. That identification lets you know that the number is probably from a mobile phone. Of course, you don’t always get those hints; instead, the call may simply say unknown name or caller. Fortunately, BeenVerified offers both .Reverse Cell Phone Lookup and Reverse Phone Lookup services!
The Name I Got from the Reverse Lookup Doesn’t Help Me
Sometimes, once you have done a Reverse Lookup, you find out that you do not know the person or business that is calling you. Where you go from there might depend on the nature of the calls that you have been receiving. If the calls appear to be coming from a business, and are vague calls telling you that they need you to return their calls, but giving you little identifying information, your best course of action may be to investigate that business. On the one hand, if someone really does have a pressing business matter to discuss with you, you don’t want to ignore the call. On the other hand, if someone is trying to scam you, the last thing you want to do is return that call. One of your quickest investigation options is to run an internet search on the business name returned through the Reverse Phone Lookup search, which may differ from the identity that shows upon the caller i.d. If the business has a website, you can look at its website. Even more important, you can check their ratings with the Better Business Bureau and any other local consumer advocacy groups to determine whether the business is a legitimate one. Sometimes the person contacting you is an unknown individual. There are a number of legitimate reasons that an unknown person may be trying to contact you. There could be unpleasant personal reasons that an unknown person may be trying to contact you, but there could be pleasant reasons, as well. For example, the person contacting you could be a sibling you did not realize was placed for adoption. In other words, just because you do not know the individual does not mean that they have no reason to be contacting you. The best way to prepare yourself to hear what a stranger is trying to tell you is to find out as much information about that stranger as possible! You can look up the person on social media or ask friends and family if the name is familiar. If those options aren’t available, you can use BeenVerified’s Background Check service to find out information about them. Of course, not all calls are welcome. Many of us have been victimized by stalkers or others who would harass or threaten us. While you should always report those calls to the police, in addition to contacting the police, you may want to use BeenVerified’s Criminal Background Check services to provide yourself with information about the caller’s criminal background and make your own judgments about safety.
How Do I Make the Calls Stop?
So, you have used Reverse Phone Lookup to figure out who is calling you, and you’ve done some investigating to figure out why they want to speak with you, but you still don’t want to talk to them. Getting the calls to stop depends on what type of calls they are. Personal calls may be the most difficult to end. If a caller is annoying you, but is not harassing you, threatening you, or breaking any laws, then written notice for the calls to stop may be an important first step in demonstrating that their annoying behavior has become harassment. If calls are harassing or threatening, then involving the police is probably a good idea. Of course, you always have the option of blocking the phone numbers that are calling you, but, in many cases that simply results in the person or business calling you from another number. If you have registered your phone number on the national Do Not Call Registry and the caller is a prohibited solicitor, then you can contact them to have your number removed from their call list and report them for continued violations if they continue to call you after a reasonable time period to update their systems. If the caller is a debt collector, depending on the nature of the debt and any applicable state and local laws, you may be able to advise them that you want all future communication to be in writing. If the debt is no longer valid or has been paid, you may be able to end phone calls by providing proof of that to the caller.