Finding decent results for a Google search for “free reverse phone number lookup” is about a fruitful as searching for “make money online.” You end up finding pages and pages of paid affiliate sites. Unfortunately, in most cases you actually do need to use one of those services. But before you do, there are some methods you can try before plopping down hard-earned money.
What you need to do is search for the number in question a few different ways. Let’s assume you’re trying to find 702-555-1212 (which, of course, is the over-priced Directory Assistance line). But let’s assume it’s a private party who called you and left no message. Open up a web browser and head over to Google.
Try the number as a single string: 7025551212
Try it with dashes: 702-555-1212
Try it with the area code separated and the rest as a string in quotes: 702 “555-1212″ – and then remove the dash: 702 5551212
Because we know 702 is Las Vegas, try searching without the area code, but mentioning the city: Las Vegas 5551212 and Las Vegas “555-1212″ It is also Henderson NV, so we can try that as well.
Try it with “00″
If you put “00″as the last two digits you may find this method to work surprisingly often in the case of business or telemarketer calls. Businesses often reserve a bank of numbers, with their main office ending in “00″ and extensions taking up numbers immediately above that. So if you get a call from a number ending in “4567″ you may want to try looking up “4500″ to see if it is a business you recognize. Example: We had a request from a friend to find out who was calling them from 702-633-8015. The search for that number yielded limited results, but when we searched for 702-633-8000, we found it to be a local collection agency, Quantum Collections.
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Last updated January 27, 2013.
Filed under: Who Called Me?