How Can I Find the Owner of a Phone Number?

Finding a mystery number, either on a scrap piece of a paper, in a personal address book, planner, phone bill or saved in your phone’s call memory can be frustrating.    Although it may turn out that the number is not relevant, it also could be something important.   However, you won’t know if it is safe to discard this number or if it is worth your attention until you find out more about it, and who its owner is.  

How can you find out the owner of a phone number? You might think the most logical answer would be to call the number back and see if you recognize the person who answers, or inquire about who they are. While this is always an option, and not a bad one at that, it is not always the ideal first choice. Why? There may be many reasons, some of which include, but are not limited to:

– The number may be long distance so you’ll be charged to make the call

– The caller could have been someone who is harassing you or a prank call

– It may belong to a telemarketer or scammer

– It could have been a wrong number

– It might be out of service or fake

Thus, instead of calling the number back right away, why not try researching it and find out who the owner is with a reverse phone lookup. This service may be able to provide you with a lot of answers, such as the identity of the telephone number owner and their address, without you ever having to call it back.

How does it work? It’s one of the simplest searching services you can use online. Type in “free reverse phone trace” into your favorite search engine and select one or more of the websites that are returned in the results. Enter the 10-digit telephone number you are curious about into the provided query box and search. That’s all there is to it.

Will I always be able to find out who owns a phone number with this method? No. A fake number will not be found in a database. Secondly, if any of the numbers you are investigating belong to private lines, such as a cell phone, you will be required to pay to learn this info, as it cannot be freely given since it is not readily available in a public directory.

Therefore, in the end, it will be up to you to determine the best way for you to find out who owns a number. Just remember it never hurts to try using a reverse phone lookup first.