You've probably received unknown calls in the past. It is frustrating not to know who is calling; you certainly don't want to miss a business call from a client. What exactly is an unknown number? Typically, your caller ID identifies this number as "Unknown." In some cases, you might simply be unfamiliar with the actual number calling. It's not the same as a restricted number, which shows up on a caller ID as "Blocked." So, how do you figure out who is calling your business from an unknown number?
If you receive annoying phone calls from unknown callers on a frequent basis, then identifying these calls may be a priority to you. Although these calls aren't always easy to identify, there are a few options to try to find out who's calling you from an unknown number.
Unwanted calls during dinner and late at night can be more than a little annoying, and some telemarketing companies go beyond annoying. They may call you multiple times a day, becoming intrusive and even disturbing. Luckily, most people have caller ID that shows the number that is calling. With just the phone number, you can do a reverse phone lookup to find the name attached to that phone number.
The first place to start is with a reverse phone lookup. This allows you to find out the name of the individual or company that owns the phone number. If the number is well-hidden, you may only get a general description of its origin.
If the number is displayed, look it up online. Crammers call from countries with the same international code (+1) as the USA, so they look like domestic calls. However, if you search the numbers, you can identify them as foreign by their area code.
You can also enter the phone number into any Internet search engine, such as Yahoo or Google. Place quotation marks around the phone number – for example: "666-123-1234." This may give you information about telemarketing companies that are unavailable in reverse phone lookup databases. You might even find some limited information about individual callers.
Someone trying to call you about a serious matter will either leave a phone message or contact you by other means. If you get a missed call from a number you don't know, or a blocked number, it probably isn't important. Don't call back!
Some scammers use "spoofing" technology to make it look like they are calling from a different telephone number or from your area code. There are apps such as Hiya and Truecaller that let you block spam phone calls.