How to know who called you?

You have to admit it – spam and calls from private ID’s are definitely annoying. If you do not know who is calling you, you cannot expect the caller to have even the slightest sense of accountability. He, she, they or it can try to scam, trick or insult you without having the slightest worry about this act backfiring and not even slightly worrying about the potential consequences. This is why we prepared a short, but hopefully an insightful and useful guide on how to know and find out the identity of the person who called you!

Reverse phone number lookup online

If the number is merely not on your phonebook use reverse phone number lookup online to find out more about the caller. Services like Whocallingyou are community-based, meaning that regular people just like you can share their experiences with a particular caller. They can notify other people about scammers. So, if for example, the number who called you is a scammer, someone will have likely left a review on Whocallingyou, stating that this person is trying to scam you.

Vice versa, if you run into shady or suspicious deals, make sure to leave your comment to help others minimise the risk of being scammed.

These reverse checking services for mobile phone numbers can protect you and your money from scams. Besides, if the number is hidden, you can try to drop the call, then dial *69. If the number shows up – you can also check it here.

Third-party apps

There are apps on Google Play and Apple’s App Store, which can ‘Catch’ unidentified callers. Sign up for their services. Once you get a call from a hidden or private number, decline it. Go back to the app and find the exact number, which is secreted behind the ‘Private’ or ‘NO Caller ID’ tags.

These apps can significantly improve your response to harassment, blackmail, threats and scams. If you don’t want to signup, this can get a bit tricky as more effort is required to find out who called you without extra apps on your mobile phone.

Get in touch with your service provider

No one more so than your phone service provider knows about the identity of the person calling you. Well, maybe not their identity (if they’re registered from a different network), but they can surely tell you the phone number of the caller. More so, they must, if you request it.

However, scammers can use quite a bit of trickery to hide their identity. What you should do is contact your service provider and request setup of a call tracking service. This service could already be active, but you never know.

If the person calls you from a private number, dial *57 to call back the number which has tried to reach you. Once again, after you *57, if you have your suspicions, do not wait for them to pick up.

Just write the number down and check it on a reverse phone lookup site.

Legal options

If nothing that we mentioned above, works, and if the callers mask their identity with more care and precision, you can always rely on your legal options. File a complaint or register the problem with your carrier first. Make sure you know that the carrier offers help and some specific solutions.

If they fail to address the issue, go straight to the corresponding police department, file a complaint or contact your legal advisor/lawyer if you have one.

In 99.9% of the cases, the involvement of your carrier, the police or legal representatives will help get to the bottom of the problem.