Your phone rings, but it’s not someone you know. It’s an unknown caller with a phone number that you’ve never seen before.
It’s happened to everyone, and your curiosity may get the better of you wondering who the mystery caller is. It could be a friend with a new phone number, a response to a Craigslist ad, a parent of your child’s classmate, or an unwanted robocall.
Want to find out who’s calling? Learn how you can use reverse phone search to track inbound calls.
1Using an Online Database to Find Out Who’s Calling
Mystery callers don’t need to remain mysterious. By searching for the phone number in an online database, you can find out who actually called.
As one of the leading online databases, PeopleFinders is a safe and reliable way to discover who is behind that mysterious phone call.
Searches can be done from anywhere and anytime, using any device.
2What Does a PeopleFinders’ Reverse Phone, Search Reveal?
Unlike the other online databases that only have partial information, a reverse phone search on PeopleFinders provides you with an in-depth user profile that includes the following information about the caller:
- Caller’s full name
- Date of birth
- Alias names
- Phone type (Landline, cellular, VoIP, etc.)
- Phone carrier (Verizon, AT&T, etc.)
- Past contact info
- Known associates
This provides an invaluable resource to understand who was calling.
3What Else Can You Find Out With a Phone Number?
After doing a reverse phone search, it’s possible to take your information research one step further.
A PeopleFinders background check can reveal a caller’s criminal history, property records, and bankruptcies. This can arm you with valuable information so that you can protect yourself.
For example, if you’re selling your car to an independent buyer, knowing their phone number can ultimately help you determine if you actually want to do business with them. Uncovering a previous bankruptcy can warn you not to accept that out-of-state bank check.
4How Reliable Are Online Phone Number Databases?
PeopleFinders is committed to accuracy with online reviewers commenting that results strong and better than other online databases.
One reviewer found the information on PeopleFinders to be about 95 percent accurate, noting that “it was better than I expected from an online aggregation of information.”
This aggregation is actually what strengthens the platform’s data accuracy. Billions of records are used to build, refine, and update the database including birth records, registration cards, magazine subscription forms, public records, and many other information sources.
5How Can PeopleFinders Help You Track Incoming Calls?
With your PeopleFinders account, users are able to keep a running log of previous phone number searches and reports. This log can help you to keep tabs on your calling trends as well as understand if some of your incoming calls have called more than once.
6Spam Calls are Making it More Difficult to Know Who’s Calling
It’s common for a call from an unknown phone number to turn out to be a spam caller. Unfortunately, the problem of spam calls is only getting worse.
In 2019, nearly half of all calls to US cell phones will be spam, according to a report referenced by the FCC. The increasing frequency of spam calls can be overwhelming for anyone trying to track inbound calls and better understand who is calling.
However, the situation is further worsened by spammer’s high tech techniques.
One tactic is for the spammer to block their caller ID information, dialing anonymously so that the recipient is unable to see who’s calling. They also use a ‘one ring’ technique that can fool you into calling back the missed call. However, this can be avoided by doing a reverse phone search on the number to discover that it’s based in Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, or another country.
They’re also using a technique called spoofing which shows caller ID information of a phone number they’ve selected. By relaying this false information, call spoofing can be used to trick you. In fact, even when the area code is local, the scammer could actually be located in a different country.
The call spoofing technique can also be used to display a business phone number or another widely known phone number. It’s been used to trick people into thinking they’re getting a phone call from the IRS, a hospital, an embassy, or other trusted source.
By doing your own research to verify the identity of callers, you’re better able to protect yourself. For example, if you receive a call from your bank, you can confirm it’s authenticity by hanging up and then dialing back the company using a confirmed phone number from their website or your account statement.
7Knowing Who Is Calling Can Help You Stay Safe
The digits of a phone number can reveal quite a bit about the caller.
By searching for a phone number in an online database such as PeopleFinders, you can find out if the person is actually telling you the truth about who they say they are, and where they live.
In an age where calling technology makes it possible for massive deceptions, a reverse phone search can help you combat trickery with the truth.
Rob Miller is the founder of PeopleFinders, the top database for reverse phone search, background checks, public records search, and more.