Phone Records And Your Safety: What You Need To Know About How To Get Them And When
Disclaimer: The below is intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice.
Who Is Blowing Up My Phone?
Phone records, believe it or not, can help protect you against people who threaten you and your family. If you’ve become the victim of a prankster — or worse, a harasser — you can use your these records to catch them, with the help of your service provider. Anyone or anything, from robocallers to stalkers, can block your caller ID so that their number appears as “Unknown” on your phone. However, a protocol put in place by your phone company can help reveal the numbers behind those aggravating calls: this is the first step to having the people responsible identified.
With this information, you can use a reverse phone number lookup or public phone records service to potentially get a name associated to the number. If you feel that this person is or will cause you harm, you may want to contact the authorities with the information you have.
Once you uncover the name of the person who is constantly calling you, you can run a background check to find out who he or she really is. Online people finder services can easily verify the phone number of the individual you believe is calling you. You won’t find their call logs, but their number can be enough to confirm or deny any suspicions that you have.
There are phone numbers and there are phone records. There is a reason that these records are used by investigators and attorneys in legal situations. Cell phone records and land line records are one part of an arsenal of powerful data points that can provide valuable insight into a person’s suspicious actions and habits. Your records — the ones that are available for your eyes, and your eyes only — are likely perceived as a tedious log of numbers you get with your phone bill every month. This information, put into the wrong hands, can threaten your personal safety. But your phone records can also hold the key to protecting yourself against scammers, stalkers, prank callers, and other malicious individuals.
Accessing Your Phone Records
First thing’s first: there are legal limits to accessing someone else’s phone records. Even if the phone records you are looking to check are those of a spouse, sibling, or parent, if the account isn’t under your name, you may need the individual’s consent before obtaining them. Some of these details can be found in public records associated with different types of documents and filings associated with the phone number and its owner.
Getting your own phone records can be a much easier process. Sometimes, individuals will get their call logs (including incoming, missed, and outgoing calls) with their phone bill. Other information that may be included in the log is the date and time each call was placed, the duration of the call, and any special features that were activated during the call (such as in-call recording). Now, with paperless billing on the upswing, those logs commonly live online, in your account, which you can access anytime. If you can’t access your own or want to view a portion not available online, you can always contact your service provider.
Verify Your Phone Contacts For Your Safety
There are a number of real-life situations in which you may be setting up meetings with total strangers. With the increased popularity of dating apps, for example, the frequency of these meetings is only growing. Along with practicing general safety precautions, it’s wise to check up on a person’s identity. You can do this by using phone records and phone numbers. If you’re selling or buying an item from Craigslist, you would perhaps want to verify the identity of the contact to avoid getting scammed. The same is true for checking up on roommates and blind dates: using a reverse phone search, you can find out if the people you will be meeting have a shady history you need to be aware of before making any commitments.