Reverse Search a Phone Number

“Who’s phone number is this?”

You’ve probably seen those shady looking sites for reverse phone searches.  You know the ones. They make it all dramatic with moving radars, tell you to wait while they search an enormous database. Then pow! They make you pay to find out who is the owner of the number.

As a guy who has mastered Google-Fu, I’m going to show you some simple ways to find out the owner of a phone number.

Facebook Search – Most people have their phone number connected to their Facebook Account. You’d be surprised how many people do not know about this.  Login to your Facebook account and go to the search area and put in the phone number. This works often for people, not so much for businesses.  If you get really good at searching for things on Google you may find some cool looking versions of Facebook. Here is a mobile version of Facebook’s search.

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free reverse phone lookup

 

Google Search – If the number you want to look up is 555-555-555 then copy it put it in a Google Search but put quotes around it.  You may get a result for a business, voter record, or even a property owner of the phone number. Cross reference the information to make sure you have the right person especially if you are getting a different result for the real owner of the number.

 

 

Google’s results for phone numbers are sometimes filled with ads or junk information. If that is the case, sometimes Bing.com offers are better result

Bing.com search: Yes, Bing does have some pretty good results for somethings. Often what Google lacks in search, Bing will make up for it.  Do the same thing as you did in Google when searching, but us Bing this time.

No results on that phone number? It may be a landline using Voip.  If you aren’t having lucking doing a reverse search on a phone number, then check out Comcast’s reverse search.

Comcast Ecolisting – Not many people with phone service from Comcast know they are defaulted into this search. Comcast is a big company that owns or has a stake in many companies like AT&T.   In order to generate more revenue, they sell data to companies for marketing purposes.  Here is Comcast’s privacy policy.

reverse lookup comcast

These are some of the ways you can do a little detective work to find out more about that phone number that just called you that you don’t recognize.

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