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How Can I Find Out Who Called Me If the Number Shows Up As Private on My Cell Phone?

 


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People around the world today are more interested in doing phone number research than ever before. After all, the proliferation of cell phones and other communication technology means that there are now more phone numbers than at any point in history. This makes the odds of finding information about phone numbers seem staggering. In most situations, you can use a reverse phone lookup to find owner information for almost any phone number. But if the caller you're trying to find more about calls from a number that shows up as “private" or “unknown" on your cell phone's caller ID, you won't have much to search for.

But before we get to reverse phone lookups and strange phone numbers, it's worth discussing how numbers show up as private and what your options are concerning privacy. Unfortunately, there's little that you can do after the fact to find out more about a call. Only the police can trace calls that come from numbers that show up as unknown. But smart proactive customers don't have to put up with harassment or unknown numbers. If you've been harassed by a specific caller, you can contact your phone company and have that number blocked from being able to call your phone. Even though the phone company can't release the name of the caller, they can stop calls. Also, you can instruct your phone company to refuse all calls to your phone that come from unknown or private numbers. This way, if a caller tries to thwart caller ID, their call simply won't go through, thus leaving you free of unknown phone calls.

Now that you've flushed mysterious callers from behind the mask of “private caller, " you can use a reverse phone lookup to find the name of any caller that's been bothering you. For those that aren't sure, reverse phone lookups are sites that allow users to search for information about strange phone numbers. Although not effective against private numbers, once you've eliminated all unidentified callers from your phone, you'll always have a number to search for. The great part is, reverse phone searches work on all kinds of phone numbers, even cell phones and unlisted numbers. Now you can find out who's calling, no matter where they're calling from.

Now that you have the basic info necessary to trace a phone number , all that's left is to find a number to search for. With so many mysterious callers, there will almost certainly never be a shortage. Plus, if you take the proper precautions, you can make sure that all the calls you receive come from numbers whose owner's information is only a few clicks away.

Mary is a bookworm that loves to write about technology and ethical issues. You can check out her latest tech project at http://www.FreeCellPhoneTracer.com

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