Curiosity is in the human nature but when knowing something becomes a matter of safety, it must be deemed as mandatory. This is the case with stalkers’ phone numbers. A person could keep calling without leaving a name and when asked goes quiet. This is a typical stalker and unmasking him or her could mean the difference between death and life. Searching for a phone number on the main search engines or major social media sites could give the information you need but this could prove futile. Many in this situation have opted to seek the services of reverse phone lookup websites. But are they of any help?
There are several websites that pride themselves of being the best in identifying a strange number and getting you all the information you need to know about the owner of that number. There are of course the paid sites like phone detective and the free websites in which all you need to do is to enter the phone number in question and get the answer to that persisting question, “whose number is this?”
Before delving into whether this is a worthwhile course of action or not, it is important to understand that it is not only helpful for those receiving strange calls. Perhaps you are a forgetful person and have come across a phone number in your own handwriting but cannot recall whose it is. Then this is the answer for you rather than dialing it and asking who it is which could be very rude. Another scenario is one in which you are provided with a name and phone number of an important person (a doctor for instance) and you need to know the address without having to call to inquire. To clear up doubts of whether phone bill entries are correct or not, this service can come in handy too.
So, do reverse phone lookup websites really work? Yes! In these websites are lots of databases containing phone numbers and information about the owners. For landline phone numbers especially, the websites have unlimited access to information on who each number is registered to. For mobile numbers however, it gets tricky on the websites’ side. The privacy of the ownership of a mobile number is protected solely by the mobile service provider and only the company can give access to that confidential information. Some websites have been granted this access but at a cost and therefore this information can only be availed at a fee. Some free service providers could use social media sources to provide information on cellular phone number owners but this is not entirely reliable because it is solely dependent on whether the user uses the number on social media or not.
What information do reverse phone lookup websites provide about the number’s owner? This could differ from one website to the next but basically it includes the name, physical address and personal email address. Other public information can also be obtained such as: marriage/divorce records, birth, death or adoption records, background information, possible relatives and neighbors, social security number verification, legal records, phone company issurer and additional phone numbers.