You don’t recognize the caller’s number when the phone rings. Or possibly a missed call from an unknown number appears.
Though interested, you don’t want to pick up the phone or give the caller a second chance if they are a telemarketer or scammer.
Here are a few techniques to find out who is contacting you before you respond, rather than playing the robocall roulette game.
You might have observed that scam calls are an issue in America. In 2021, scammers stole almost to $30 billion from gullible victims, and it’s difficult to predict when the issue will end. There are a few ways to determine whether a call you get is legitimate or not.
Who says what on the phone? Look for a displayed number and location when a call comes in. There is probably a fraudster on the other end of the connection if your phone isn’t providing any information and just says, “Unknown.”
Anyone may mask their phone number, but if it’s someone you know, it’s preferable to let it go to voicemail and return the call. Feel free to ignore the call if the phone indicates that a scam is likely.
Check for confirmation. When you receive a call, carriers have started to confirm phone numbers. Additionally, the Google phone app adds a badge to incoming calls that it can associate with a company.
Unfortunately, this does not sort out legal companies who make robocalls or authenticate every call from a reputable firm.
Be cautious with faked numbers. Have you ever received a call from a number that appears to be your own but is a few digits off? Scammers like to use phony phone numbers to get you to answer their calls, so avoid doing so.
The theory behind this is that if you believe the call is from your area code or someone you know, you’ll be more inclined to pick it up.
Make a fast Google search to find out whether a caller is legitimate or a fraudster. As an illustration, I recently got a call from a strange number. Instead of returning the call, I looked up the number online and discovered that it was linked to the call center at my institution.
Another call from 631-654-7388 produced no trustworthy results, raising the possibility that it was made by a fraudster or automated caller.
As a general rule, it’s safe to assume that other people have gotten obscene calls from that number and are reporting it to warn others if the search results are headed by reverse phone lookup websites.
Speaking about reverse phone lookups, there are several websites that can be of assistance if you truly want to find out more about a specific phone number. There are a few tools that can be useful to you for free, but most quality information usually requires payment.
Users can record their interactions with particular phone numbers at WhoCallsMe. The website will tell you the origin of the area code if you enter a number. After that, you can either submit your own report or read what others have to say.
You may look for names, phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses with Spy Dialer. Enter a phone number, then select whether you want to check up any associated names or images, hear the outgoing voicemail, or determine whether the number is spam.
You may find out who owns the number, their general location, and whether or not the number has ever been reported as spam by using Spy Dialer.
Click Phone Details to learn more and find out if the number is faked and how long the line has been in operation. If the caller has an outbound voicemail, select Hear Voicemail to listen to it. To report a call to Spy Dialer, click Report Call.
You can check for a phone number, name, address, or email using PeopleFinders. To find out the caller’s general location, carrier, and phone kind, enter a phone number into the search bar. Behind a barrier are more sensitive details like the caller’s complete name and address.
USPhoneBook allows you to search for phone numbers, names, and addresses, although it is more effective at locating private persons than companies.
To find the person associated with a number, enter it. A list of potential relatives for the person will be shown on the website. The number can then be classified as safe or spam. Remember that these postings can be out-of-date.
To view more details on the person, click Get Details. Their age, current (and previous) addresses, any phone numbers connected to them, a list of family members and friends, and even connected email addresses will be included in this.
What should you do after looking up the number? You can block spam callers if they are a caller you no longer wish to receive. Remember that technique only works if the same number keeps calling because the majority of spammers use fake numbers that frequently change.
Although it’s not always preferred, iPhone owners can send any callers who aren’t in their contacts straight to voicemail.
Investigate your mobile carrier’s anti-spam options as a better alternative. Additionally, there are applications like RoboKiller and Truecaller that can assist in preventing spam callers from reaching you. Additionally, you can report telemarketers to the FTC and add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry.