Guest Post by: Ben Hartwig
It’s hard to imagine a time before we had phones. Being able to talk across long distances is so convenient. We are able to maintain and deepen relationships. Businesses are able to have a fast and efficient communication channel with distant customers.
Unfortunately, the downside is the influx of unwanted calls from people who also find the phone convenient. They hide their ID or use different numbers to persistently call us.
Thankfully, you can do a phone number search to find out who is calling. These days most people have smartphones, so you’re only able to know who is calling if they’re in your contact list. Phone number searches address this problem.
The services are based online. You input the number and area code, and then the website brings up the name and address of the contact. So, why do people need to run reverse phone lookups? We’ll run through the top 5 reasons below.
To Prevent Sales Calls
There you are, having dinner with your family and the phone rings. You think it’s important only to be greeted with: “Hello there, don’t worry, this is NOT a sales call. We can save you $500 on your gas bill. Do you have a few minutes?’’
Problem is, we hang up but the calls keep coming. Blocking them hardly helps because they just call from different numbers. They have it all worked out because it’s their full-time job!
Sales calls have now evolved into ‘’robocalling”. Telemarketers have gotten better at their craft. They hide behind real-looking numbers to get you to pick up. They then use all sorts of tricks to get you to listen and not drop the phone on them. They even spew out threats to scare you into their schemes.
Then there are those suspicious unknown numbers. The phone rings, you pick it up only for the caller to hang up. It’s either that or they don’t leave any voicemails if you miss the calls. The worst is when you pick up and all you hear is deep breathing, just like in the movies. Many go as far as to say something creepy or abusive!
Finding Out Who Is Prank Calling You
Prank calls are such a nuisance. What may start off as funny can really get annoying. But also, plenty of pranksters are threatening, or they easily blur the lines between funny and threatening.
It’s become increasingly common for pranksters to use emotional manipulation. First, they do their research using platforms like social media. They then have enough ammunition to make that call. They love to spin stories about loved ones being in trouble, and they can be very believable. The ultimate aim is to get you to do something, like hand over your hard-earned money.
We are all familiar with infamous email scams. Well, those scams have migrated to the phone now. Scammers must think that it’s easier to hook enough people using the phone. They feel they can get easy access. After all, people are always with their phones and are likely to pick up. Don’t fall for it. Always have your antenna’s up, and run a search if in doubt.
Finding out More Information
Rest assured that there are ways to expose scammers and unwanted callers. Some search services reveal the name of the business or person who is linked to a number. Others show you the up-to-date address and the estimated age of the callers.
Finding out more about someone is useful in online dating. Websites and apps that connect people searching for love is a hotbed for catfishers and scammers. There are so many potential risks when meeting strangers on these forums. Scammers use fake profiles and fake numbers to try and hook people. Using a reverse phone lookup is great for vetting details they have provided.
In some situations, you may need to find out where certain businesses or people are located. If you do a phone number search you can get the information you need.
Researching Family Members’ Call History
This is a controversial one. You may need to tread carefully here. But let’s face it; there will be instances you may need to do “research” on someone in your own family. You could be a spouse wanting to check up on your other half, or a parent that needs to check on your child.
The rate of catfishing targeted towards children and teenagers is alarming. We are really living in scary times. Reverse phone lookups can be used to shed more light on what could be going on with your child or spouse, or other family members.
You can also review phone and text histories from the family phone bill. You would simply do an online search of those numbers that you don’t recognize. Snooping can give you peace of mind and can be a life-saver. But it’s also treacherous territory and can open a Pandora’s Box. Proceed with caution.
Finding Out Details Quickly
The benefits of reverse phone lookups are convenience, ease of use, and speed. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a private detective. The information you seek will literally be right at your fingertips.
It often just takes seconds to get the information you need. That’s after you have chosen a reliable provider of course. But once that is out of the way, you simply use the same service each time you need to do a search.
We love our phones and can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. So, using reverse phone lookups is just a convenient way to clean up the ‘dirty water’. It’s a fast and reliable way to get more information on that unknown caller. Most of the phone search services are very easy to navigate. They really are worth trying. Your peace of mind may depend on it.
Ben is a Web Operations Executive at InfoTracer who takes a wide view from the whole system. He authors guides on entire security posture, both physical and cyber. Enjoys sharing the best practices and does it the right way