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How to Find Out Who Called You Without Caller ID?

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There’s no denying the fact that no caller ID calls are stressful to receive. Every time you get an incoming call from an unknown number, you wonder who in the world it might be and what they want. You’re not alone if you’ve experienced this kind of frustration.

Is reverse cell phone lookup possible when you can’t see the number? The short answer is ‘yes’, but before we get to that, let’s clarify some details.

 

What is a Call Without Caller ID?

Also known as anonymous, restricted, or blocked, calls without a caller ID are normal calls, from which identifying information has been removed on purpose. iPhone users typically see “No Caller ID” when they get a call from a blocked number. Other phones use different words. By dialing *67 before calling, you’re blocking identification by your call recipient automatically. This is the most common way of placing such calls.

 

Identifying the Caller

Without a third-party app, you have no way of identifying your caller if their number is unknown or blocked. Emergency phone numbers and toll-free numbers operate in a similar way, which is key to revealing a blocked number. You can’t hide your number when you’re calling 911, for example. Likewise, you can’t hide it when you’re calling a toll-free number. These are the numbers starting with 1-800 or 0800.

Why not? It has to do with billing. The person or organization that owns the number making the call to the toll-free one has to pay for the call. Phone companies must be able to identify the source of charges accurately to ensure fair billing. No service provider will let you hide your number.

To reveal a hidden number, you need to take the call and reroute it to a toll-free number. This way, the ID is captured. After that, you redirect the call again, setting the source to the now-revealed number.

 

You Don’t Need to be a Tech Whiz

You can do all this yourself if you have the technical know-how. If not, there are automated services that will do it for you. One of them is Trap Call. It will let you unmask a restricted number to see who’s calling. Not only will you get the number, but also a name and perhaps even an address. Last but not least, this service lets you block the number if you’ve had enough with the harassment. When you do that, they will hear that your number is not in service or has been disconnected the next time they call.

Automated services like Trap Call also offer incoming call recording, spam call blocking, and reverse phone number lookup.

Some carriers let you trace calls by dialing *57. This code records the number in the carrier’s database, marking it as unwanted. Other carriers will make it possible for users to reject calls from private numbers automatically. You need to enter a specific code once, which they will give you. The restriction will remain in effect until you remove it using another code. The person won’t be able to get through to you unless they make a call from a number you can see.

Blocking Private Numbers on Android

To block a private number, Android users tap the three-dot icon on the app, located in the right corner at the top. They then go to Settings and choose ‘Block numbers’. After entering the numbers to be restricted, press “+”.

Blocking Private Numbers on iPhone

Go to Recents. Next to the number, you don’t want to call you anymore, tap “i”. Then go to ‘Block Caller’ at the bottom of the screen.

 

Who’s Calling?

If you’re getting such calls, know they’re not necessarily from people you know or from a prankster. Telemarketers block their numbers so no one reports them for illegal marketing. They believe they won’t get caught because their ‘victims’ can’t call them back or see their number.

Telemarketers aren’t the worst. Scammers might call from a spoofed or blocked number in an effort to steal your money or even your identity.

The FTC has published warnings about the most typical scams perpetrated this way. If you pick up when getting a no caller ID call, you might hear that you’ve won a lottery. You need to pay a certain amount to receive the money. Another common scam tactic is where you’re asked to pay a lien, fine, or debt for your assets to be unfrozen.

The caller might claim you owe immigration fees or back taxes or that you’ve lost money in a scam, which they can help you recover. It goes without saying that you need to report these calls to the authorities, the FTC in this case. To do so, hang up and record the details, including call time and date.

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