Ever get a call from a number that you do not recognize? Maybe it is a robocaller pretending to work for Google or Facebook, or maybe you really have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Sandals. It is worth investigating, to say the least.
There are several ways to lookup phone numbers aside from using that huge Yellow Pages book that's been sitting on your porch getting rained on for months. Online search engines are the new 'best' way to look up numbers.
Whether you need to find the right number or you want to see who it was that called you, one of these methods is almost sure to work.
1. Reverse phone lookup with Google
This should be the first thing that you try when you have a question like this. It is simple and probably the most reliable way to find a phone number. If you get a call and want to find out the number, just Google the phone number.
If you need to find the proper number to call a 1-800 business, a good trick is to type 800 (business name). For example, I would Google "800 ATT" to find the 800 number for AT&T customer service.
Simple and easy, this solution should work most of the time.
Another option: Use GetHuman to get a human. Click here for more info on that.
2. Free people search "honestly" by name
If Google didn't do it for you, try Zabasearch. It is a massive online database of personal information. By using the "reverse phone lookup" feature you can discover where that mysterious caller is from, and often get their name, and even a full background check.
You can also look people up by name, and if you pay for the advanced features you can even find out their number through these means. All of the information they have is a matter of public record. Watch out, some clicks might cost you money.
3. Use social media to check phone numbers
Ever try to creep a person's social media for a phone number? This can be a great way to find personal cell numbers or email addresses of many people.
Jump on to a site like Facebook and try and find the person in question.
Try this: --> You can also enter a phone number in the Facebook search box. This lets you find a person, probably, associated with that number. Try it on your own phone number and I bet you'll be shocked that your profile pops right up.
Unfortunately, not everyone lets you view their profile without first befriending them. But hey, you could always use Facebook messenger to ask them for their number. Doesn't hurt to try, right?
4. Search for a username
If you happen to know the username that a friend uses, but you want their phone number, you may be able to find it by searching for the username.
This may seem strange, but it is more common for online user profiles with a made up username to be associated with a phone number than those associated with a real name. It is worth checking if you happen to know a username that applies to the person.
5. People search and reverse phone lookup
AnyWho is an online phone book that is connected to the Intelius background search. It has a reverse phone lookup feature similar to Zabasearch, but it has a Yellow pages section that is very handy.
Here you can search for a business name or type to find what you are looking for.
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