Reverse Phone Lookup FAQs

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Below you'll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Reverse Phone Lookups and identifying the owners of unknown numbers.

What is a Reverse Phone Lookup?

A Reverse Phone Lookup is the opposite of a traditional phone number lookup. Think back to when people searched in a phone book to find the phone number for a person or business.

Instead of starting with a person's name, you start with a phone number.  The goal of a reverse phone number lookup is to learn who the potential owner of the phone number is. Additionally, a Reverse Phone Lookup may provide more information about the phone number owner or the carrier.

Unlike traditional search engines,  Reverse Phone number Lookup services may provide a more in-depth look at the phone number owner.

How Does A Reverse Phone Lookup Work?

A Reverse Phone Lookup works by scanning public records for information related to a specific phone number owner. To begin a Reverse Phone Lookup, simply enter the phone number – including the area code – that you would like to lookup.

You can use a reverse phone number search for both landline or cell phone numbers.

Is A Reverse Phone Lookup Legal?

Reverse phone number lookup services are legal in the U.S. There is no distinction between the type of phone number you search. You can use a reverse phone number search for landline or cell phone numbers and business or personal phone numbers.

Outside of the United States, it varies on whether this service is legal. Each country has its own laws, and in some countries, privacy concerns have resulted in them passing laws against Reverse Phone Lookup Services. currently only operates for Phone Numbers based in the U.S. You can learn more about international reverse phone lookup services here.

What Information Could A Reverse Phone Lookup Find?

The information a reverse phone lookup finds varies. Once a ten-digit phone number is entered, begins searching through public records for available information related to the phone number.

This information could include the full name of the phone number's owner, carrier details, whether it is a landline phone or cell phone, and  location info. Additional information – such as social media profiles, and possible photos of the owner– may also be available by purchasing an Intelius Reverse Phone Lookup Report.

If something in your report leaves you with more questions, you may consider running a background check on the owner's name to see if you can find additional information on them.

Why Would You Use A Reverse Phone Lookup?

The most common reason someone would turn to a reverse phone lookup is to help identify the owner of an unknown phone number. If you are consistently getting phone calls from unknown numbers, it's easy to assume they're from telemarketers or scammers. But, what if you are missing an important phone call just because you don't recognize the number.

Here are some common reasons to use a reverse phone lookup service:

These are just a few of the ways a reverse phone lookup can be used.

Is A Reverse Phone Lookup Free?

Some websites may claim to offer a free phone number lookup. However, the information they provide may be limited or out-of-date. provides information based on public records pulled from a variety of sources.

If you are looking for a legit and thorough product, it is best to steer clear of sites that claim to offer a completely free reverse phone lookup service.

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