Friday, September 11, 2009

Who is really calling you? Crucial Steps to Finding Out

If you're tired of them hiding behind the receiver this guides for you....

Reverse Phone Look Up Guide

If you're looking to reverse lookup the owner of a cellular or landline number in the US, below is some good advice and some steps you can take.


  1. Ensure that you have the area code and the complete phone number.
  2. Google it! If google doesn't work, try an alternate search engine. Some search engines will crawl different parts of the web, so if Google doesn't have a record for a specific phone number, Yahoo, Webcrawler or Live very well might.
  3. Check to see if the number is listed through directory assistance. This will let you know if you're dealing with a published or non published number.
  4. You can determine if the phone number in question is a landline or cellular telephone number by visiting, or
  5. The last and final option is to pay a professional private investigator to research the number and determine the subscriber name and address. This is of course a method of last resort, and should only be explored once you've determined that no public information is available through every other possible resource.
  6. Some examples of Private Investigators who specialize in telephone research are as follows:, &
  7. If you go the Private Investigator route, make absolutely certain you order from a company that offers "no-hit/no-fee." This is common PI terminology for "If we cannot locate the requested information, we will refund your payment in full." Make sure the company outlines EXACTLY what they will provide you in the way of search results, (ie: read the fine print.) some companies will only provide you with the carrier of the NPA/NXX, which is information that can be had for free at Also make sure that the company stands behind their results and guarantees the accuracy of their searches they perform.


    • The typical fee for an actual Private Investigator to research a given number should fall somewhere between $40.00 at the low end and $80.00 at the high end. Beware of sites that charge excessive fees.
    • Always try to remit payment through a Credit Card or Paypal, as both Credit Cards and Paypal have built in consumer protection mechanisms that help ensure that customers get what they pay for. If you pay for services online and they are not rendered as per their description, contact the company politely first and request a resolution. If that does not help, contact your credit card company and inform them that the merchant failed to live up to their end of the transaction, they should be able to help rectify the situation.