Have you answered a call from a number with the same area code thinking it might be from someone important only to be met with silence? Are you constantly pestered by robocallers or telemarketers? Have you been receiving harassing calls from an unknown number? Or perhaps, you want to find out who owns the number behind the constant incoming calls and text messages to your partner’s number?
Understandably, you would want to know who’s constantly making calls using a specific number. Whatever your reason may be, read on to learn about unwanted calls along with tips on how to trace and deal with such calls.
What are Unwanted Calls?
Unwanted calls, as the name implies, are calls that you’d rather not be receiving. Such unwanted and/or unsolicited phone calls are usually collectively called nuisance calls. This includes the following:
- Prank calls
- Telemarketer calls or sales calls
- Silent Calls
- Obscene phone calls
- Spam calls
- Scam or Fraudulent Calls
While unwanted calls are generally annoying, there are types of calls that are perfectly legal. On the other side of the spectrum, there are unwanted calls that are downright threatening or dangerous. Spam and fraudulent calls belong to the latter. Such calls can compromise your identity and integrity, your finances, and other properties.
Here are some of the most common types of scams or fraudulent calls. Steer clear from these:
- Tax Fraud Calls
This is especially rampant whenever tax season approaches. Fraudsters will send automated spam calls stating that your tax return is fraudulent. You will most likely be asked to call back to fix the problem as soon as possible. You might also be asked to send money to make up for the amount you owe on your taxes.
- Health Insurance Calls
This type usually increases at the end of the year when open enrollment insurance ends. An automated call will tell you about some great deal or another when you sign up. They will also ask for your personal information before supposedly connecting you to an actual live agent.
- Student Loan Repayment Calls
This is another common type of spam call. You will receive a call offering to help you pay off your student loans. Yes, some legitimate companies offer student loan consolidation services. It is equally true that most entities behind such calls are scammers.
- Debt Consolidation Calls
This type of call could be tempting to people with accumulated debt. Scammers leverage on one’s desperation to immediately settle loans so as not to negatively impact their credit score. Unfortunately, you might end up paying thousands of dollars more instead.
- “You Won” Calls
These calls often seem too good to be true. Imagine winning something without even entering any contest? Some of the most common “prizes” are a timeshare, cruise or vacation, and appliances. You will often be asked to provide personal details so you can claim your prize.
How to Trace Unwanted or Unknown Calls
Some take advantage of technology to take advantage of other people. Spammers can spoof phone numbers, often using local numbers to trick people into answering their calls. While most people’s first instinct would be to block an unknown number, you might want to trace the number first. You should especially consider this if you are expecting important calls or if you have friends or relatives who might call you using a new number.
Here are some of the most effective methods of finding out the person behind an unwanted or unknown call.
- Use Popular Search Engines
You can start by performing a search on sites like Google. You’ll have to eventually visit the webpage that might have any information on the phone number. Also, take note that this might not always be accurate, that is if you find any result in the first place.
- Go Through Social Media Platforms
You can also lookup the mobile-phone number on social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. In Facebook, for instance, you can simply type the number on the search bar. If it is associated with a profile, the said Facebook profile will pop up. If it has been shared in a post, the said Facebook post will also appear.
- Check Spam Call Websites
There are websites where people report spam calls or even if a particular phone number seems suspicious. You can check out such websites to see whether the unknown number that’s been contacting you is listed there.
- Use a Call Tracing App
You can also opt to use a call tracker or third-party apps. Such apps can identify who is calling you- caller details and all. Yes, the number doesn’t have to be saved to your contacts.
- Do a Reverse Phone Lookup
Probably one of the most effective ways to unveil the identity of the person behind a phone number is via reverse phone lookup. There are reliable websites that offer such services. You simply have to enter the phone number and all information connected to that number will appear. Look for a site that also offers people searches so you can just go ahead and do a background check on the name that appears connected to the number.
How to Deal with Unwanted Calls
If you receive unwanted calls, the course of action could depend on the type of call you receive. Here are some of the things you can do to deal with such calls:
- Call Blocking
The process of blocking phone numbers may differ depending on your device and whether the call is via landline or VOIPs. You can usually check your phone or call settings or call your network provider. Devices with iOS 13 and higher, for instance, have a Silence Unknown Callers feature. There are also network carriers that offer call blocking of unwanted calls.
- Do Not Call List
You can register your number in the National Do Not Call Registry to help block unwanted calls. Take note though that being on the National Do Not Call List will only restrict sales calls; at least, you’ll stop getting those annoying telemarketing calls.
- Do Not Respond
Simply not responding to spam calls will help avoid such calls. Avoid dialing numbers on their automated menu or responding to their texts to avoid giving the impression that your number is active.
- Report Unwanted Calls
You can file a complaint if the unwanted calls do not stop. You can report the number to the FTC website or via their number. You can also report to your network service provider.
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