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How To Find Someone’s Cell Phone Number

Running a reverse cell phone search

 

People rarely use phone books but still need access to phone numbers. Most people use cell phones and don’t have an easy way to find numbers. You could lose your contact list or need to find the number of someone new; this is not an easy task. You might have found a phone number with no name next to it, which is just as frustrating. Online services offer information, but it’s rarely free. If a site claims that they offer a free search, you might be required to pay for the results.

Reasons to Search for a Number

There are many reasons people search for cell phone numbers. The person may have given you the number but you wrote it down wrong; the number got lost; there’s no name attached; your phone contacts got deleted or your phone was stolen; you may want to find a family member or old friend whose number has been changed.

Retrieving Phone Numbers

You’ve lost the contact list on your phone and need to retrieve the numbers. Users can check their phone accounts for backups, look through text messages or phone calls, or post the problem on social media. You might search cell phone numbers by the person’s name or wait for people to call you.

Name Search

There are several ways to do a search. You can search the person’s name. If it’s a common name, add as much information as possible to get accurate results. The search might show a list of people with the same name. You can choose the right person by the address, age, occupation or family members and associates.

Reverse Phone Search

You find a piece of paper with a phone number written on it but no name. Calling the number could be embarrassing if it’s a potential boss or date you’d rather forget. Use a search app or program that you’d use to search for a person by name. This time, type in the phone number you want to search. Cell phone numbers are harder to get since they change so often. Plus, some companies will charge for the search results.

Online Searches

You can find reliable services to look up a person’s cell phone number. Services that have free lookups include Zaba Search, Callersmart, and Kiwi Searches. Apps help people to search for phone numbers by name or through a phone number lookup app. If you use a premium paid search, you can check company reviews before buying the information. Some companies have free trials or discounts, so you don’t have to buy a full membership.

Search Engines

Google and Bing are the two most common search engines on the Internet. Users may get more information than they bargained for on these sites. The search engines may also repeat information. Try using an alternate search engine such as Yahoo or GoDuckGo to find less common information.

SpyDialer

SpyDialer is a popular reverse phone search website. The free service refers to itself as the “newest, fastest, SNEAKIEST free reverse phone number lookup on the web.”  Users can search cell phone numbers, landlines, unpublished numbers and email addresses. The service also works with VoIP numbers, which are commonly used by scammers. The system is legal because it uses information available to the public, including social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, catfish websites, White Pages, traditional phone books, Yellow Pages, public records, search engines, and more. Users are limited to 25 searches per day.

Who Called Me?

Users find valuable information on the website Who Called Me? Along with phone numbers, it contains comments and warnings regarding common phone numbers.

Facebook

Facebook is the largest social media outlet online. As such, finding a person’s information is easier there than on some other sites. There are several ways you can find a person’s contact data through Facebook.

  1. Using the person’s name. Search the person’s name from the main search bar.
  2. Use the reverse phone search tool.
  3. Search by location.
  4. Use a person’s school or employer for contact data on the organization’s website. The person may also be affiliated with the organization.
  5. Friends of friends. If you have mutual friends, check the friends list of a person you both know.
  6. Public groups. You can search public groups for a common link.

Search by Username

Some people may not use their real identities on social media websites, which makes it harder to find information. However, if you know a person’s common username, you may be able to use it to locate the person’s cell number or other information. For example, you want to find the cell number or other information for your friend John Smith. The name is common and the likelihood of finding the right person is very small. If you know John Smith uses the name FirefighterDad37, searching for his information became much easier. Using a search engine or people search app, type in the username and sort through the results until you find the right person.

Smartphone Apps

Users can do searches on their devices or use their Android or iPhones. The Apple store and Google Play offer many third party apps to help make searches easier.

TMI?

Savvy people get access to our personal information every day. People want to everything about us. Search engines are able to give out a great deal of personal information including work history, education, social media profiles, criminal and arrest records, bankruptcy and court information.

Sensitive Information

Although almost anyone can access our sensitive information, many sites require you to sign a statement saying you won’t use the information against a person, especially in business. It’s illegal to use search information to deny someone a job. While searching for a phone number may seem harmless, we have to take steps to protect the rest of our information. Hackers and scammers are ruthless when it comes to stealing identities and gaining access to our accounts.

The Dangers of Sexting

How Sexting Can Ruin a Person's Life

Reporters talk about sexting on a regular basis, usually involving politicians and public figures. Regular people, including teens, also sext and may not understand the implications of their actions. People have ruined marriages and relationships all in the name of fun and games. Teenagers and daters are targets for identity thieves and scammers. Kids are targets for kidnappers and pedophiles. Parents want to protect their children, but that may not be enough. Children should be educated about the dangers of sexting and contacting strangers online.

What is Sexting?

Sexting involves two people exchanging intimate information through text messages. Predators ask their targets for nude pictures or sexually-themed messages. The predators convince the victims to send the messages to get or keep their attention. Statistics show that 1 in 7 teens routinely sends “sext” messages and 1 in 4 receives sext messages. Parents should discuss sexting with their children. The child should be encouraged to share if they are being pressured by anyone to send sexts. It’s common for a person to receive a message containing a nude photo or sexual suggestion. If that happens, the child should report it. The parent can use an iPhone app to find out who owns a phone number and then report it to the authorities.

Dating Sites

Adults might send sext messages to people they meet on dating sites. Many people using online dating sites tend to move very fast in forming relationships. Hackers engage targets who get caught up by the romance and ignore their instincts. Hackers can use the messages to gain valuable information or threaten to post the messages or pictures unless the victim pays. The scammer can sell the information to another who will use it for financial gain and cause the target grief and legal troubles for years to come.

 Sextortion

“Sextortion” is a form of extortion or blackmail. The victim exposes him or herself to another through sexually-related messages or photos. The recipient uses that information and posts – or threatens to post – the information online or send it to the victim’s contacts. As a result, people can be targets of “revenge porn,” a method wherein the victim has personal information or photos posted online by a former friend or lover who wants to get revenge. The act can cause fights, embarrassment, loss of a job or worse. School officials might punish teenagers, causing them to be expelled or denied access into colleges of their choice. People put themselves and their families at risk, including their careers and relationships. Photos posted on the Internet stay there forever. You can’t delete them or get them back.

Sexting carries legal issues since the person taking or sending the photo can receive fines or jail time for distributing pornography.

Protect Yourself

If someone asks you to start sexting, refuse. It will help you to avoid embarrassment, hacking, and possible legal problems. Avoid storing intimate photos and videos on your computer. A hacker will trick his victim and access the other person’s computer, posting private photos on social media sites.