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Tracing a Telephone Number

Although we unmask withheld numbers, we’re regularly asked if we can, or know a way to trace the number and find out who it belongs to. Unfortunately this isn’t a service we offer, as the laws regarding data privacy are very strict, and with the increase of numbers being recycled makes this a very difficult area.

That said there are a couple of ways to attempt to trace a telephone number that are perfectly legal, usually accurate, and can be completed within a matter of minutes.

In this blog post we’ll cover 2 of these methods, and how you can potentially trace a telephone number!


Method 1 – Google Search

Believe it or not, simply searching Google for the number can be the most effective way of tracing the number. Simply visit Google and type in the full number (with or without the spaces).

If the number is found then usually the first couple of results will be the most promising. If the first couple of results belong to one of the calling sites such as “who-called”, it is usually an indication that the number belongs to a known telemarketer, call centre or call spammer. If the first couple of results belong to an actual business website then usually that website will be the business owner connected with the telephone number.

If the number you are searching is a mobile number, you may see results such as ebay/gumtree sales listings, small ad listing, or other websites.

We usually suggest the Google search method for landline numbers.

Our Tip: Try manipulating the telephone number you search on to cover the different ways telephone numbers are often typed, for example if searching for the number 07700900123, try the following search entries:

  • 07700900123
  • “07700 900123”
  • “07700 900 123”

We suggest using the speech marks (“) symbols when using spaces as it will ensure only the full telephone number is searched.


Method 2 – Facebook

The better method for searching for tracing mobile phone numbers if Facebook.

It is little known that you can search Facebook for a telephone number using the normal search bar. If a person has an active Facebook account and signed up with their phone number, then as long as they have not selected the relevant privacy settings they can be found by a telephone number search.

Simply visit Facebook, and search for the phone number. If the phone number is registered to a live account the account result should show in the results.

Our Tip: If no results, try visiting the Facebook login page (you may need to log out), and click “Forgotten Password”. In the box that appears enter the telephone number. If the number is associated with a Facebook account you’ll see the name and profile picture appear on screen!

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