What is reverse phone lookup?
When you receive a call or text from an unknown entity, you want answers. According to The Harris Poll, 17.6 million Americans lost approximately $8.6 billion in phone fraud in 2013. That’s an average loss of $489! Furthermore, instances of bullying and harassment connected to mobile phone usage continue to dominate headlines. In fact, 1 in 4 teenagers is a victim according to Pew Research. As you can see, it’s important to know who is calling you and where to turn if you receive a call from an unknown number. This is where reverse lookups come into play.
Printed reverse phone directories were produced by telephone companies for years. They have been used by law enforcement and emergency services in the past. Other names for these were gray pages directories and criss-cross directories. They differed from standard phone books in that you would search for an individual’s information by their telephone number rather than their name. The same was true for business lookups. If you wanted to keep your landline number hidden from these directories, you had to pay a nominal fee (usually under $2.00 or so for residential subscribers) to gain privacy.
As more and more people started using mobile devices around year 2000, things began to get more complicated. Even as of this writing, most cellular phone numbers are not included in 411 or reverse number directories, despite years of debates over the matter. Consumers Union put forth arguments against the addition of wireless numbers based on privacy concerns in a 2004 congressional testimony. “The bottom line is that neither consumers nor Congress should rely on the shifting promises of the cell phone industry when it comes to guaranteeing important privacy and consumer rights,” Consumers Union argued.
The Internet changed everything, including the way people would look up numbers. Most recently, independent companies such as CheckThem have begun to offer reverse phone lookup services completely online. The key is finding a reputable source that you can trust when performing this type of search. CheckThem enables you to perform a search by simply entering the 10 digit number in question, press the search button and you’re done! Within seconds, you’ll receive all of the available information associated with that number for free (when performing a basic search). If you want even more information, you have the option to upgrade to the comprehensive search. Caller ID is a great feature, but it falls short in many areas. Even if it identifies who the caller is, you may want to get more information on the individual(s) in question.
Which reverse phone lookup service is actually free?
When performing a reverse phone number or text lookup, it’s important to know what the associated costs are in doing so. So how much does a service like this typically cost to use? Many sources advertise completely free services, and then users run into hidden charges or worse. When performing a search using CheckThem, you can rest assured that your basic search is 100% free. We do offer the option to perform a comprehensive background check that includes criminal records, arrest records, mugshots and more in addition to the personal information included with a free basic search. We are upfront with the costs associated with our service, so you can rest assured you won’t be hit with unanticipated charges or fees.
You may have tried to search for someone's number using Facebook, White Pages, Google or other search engine and have learned that it can be hit-or-miss. While these services are usually free, they may not be able to offer the results you are looking for. Reverse cell phone lookups are one of the more complicated searches that often fall short of users expectations. That said, searching for a number on Facebook is simple. Simply enter the number in the search box, hit enter and you will see any profiles that include that number. The problem is many people do not add their wireless number to their Facebook profile, so this method is spotty at best. Believe it or not, there are still people who do not use the popular social network, so you can’t count on this to be a comprehensive reverse lookup solution you can always use to get the information you are looking for.
The best thing you can do is to rely on a dedicated free reverse phone lookup site such as ours in order to find the information associated with a number.
Does it really work?
We can confidently say our reverse phone lookup works. We have spent ours refining our databases and testing our systems in the hopes of delivering the best service to our customers. You can perform a basic search for free and there is no obligation to pay anything until you decide to upgrade to a paid search. Even then, we guarantee your satisfaction.
If you have received threatening or annoying calls from a number you don’t recognize, you don’t have to live with uncertainty any longer. Finding the identity of the caller is easy. Simply enter the number in the box at the top of this page and click search – then we go to work for you! There are plenty of services that claim to offer the best solution, but not all of them provide real results. We rely on the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) which utilizes a three-digit area code and seven-digit number. Almost all NANP phone numbers will be accompanied by relevant information when performing a reverse search.
Business numbers are often more difficult to perform this service on than residential numbers. Unfortunately, cell phone numbers can be the most challenging. Other factors such as age of the telephone line and the number of times the number has been given out come into play.
That said, we are continually updating our databases with the latest public record information so if the data is out there, we will find it! With CheckThem, you can rest assured that you get the best results quickly and conveniently, thanks to our commitment to better service and fresher data.
Is my search confidential?
You may be wondering our service is confidential. The answer is – yes! You can look up any number and the owner will never know that you did. Your searches are always 100% anonymous so you can rest assured that your privacy is protected when you use CheckThem. Our confidential searches will give you the results you are looking for quickly and conveniently without any hassles.
Is this service legal?
We understand you are committed to obeying the laws of the land, so rest assured that reverse phone lookups are legal in the United States. Furthermore, there is no legal distinction for the kind of device (landline, wireless phone, etc). Certain countries outside the USA do have restrictions put in place (United Kingdom for example), so make sure you are adhering to the laws of the country you are in.
The reverse phone lookup and text search provided by CheckThem is completely legal. It may be sneaky but it’s definitely legal in the US. We adhere to all local and federal laws to ensure our services are compliant. We are very upfront with our terms of service which state you cannot use any background check report from our site to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, education or anything else that would require Fair Credit and Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance. As long as you are using this service for your personal protection or informational purposes and nothing that requires FCRA compliance, you are all set.
Be sure you read the terms of service before completing a reverse phone lookup on this site (or any other) for your protection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
What information is available?
Each search you perform will return different types or amount of information, depending on what is available. Almost all free searches will include the city, state and carrier (if applicable). We’ll also let you know if there are any alerts such as severe warnings associated with the number. In a full (paid) report, you will be able to access such information such as relatives, employers, addresses, cities history, bankruptcy records, liens, evictions, watch lists, corporation affiliations as well as license and permits. You may also be able to view arrests, divorce records, relatives, traffic violations and tickets as well as sex offender information. With this information, you can protect yourself or get up-to-date contact information with ease.
Which is the best reverse phone lookup service?
When it comes to getting the information you’re looking for with a reverse phone lookup, it’s hard to beat us. Many sites claim to offer completely free results, then announce there is no information available within the free directory and you are either forced to pay or are transferred to a partner site which charges for their service.
Our basic reverse lookup searches are completely free and we are upfront with the fact that you can upgrade to a paid comprehensive background check at any time. We believe our transparency combined with our advanced Deep Scan technology makes us the best service around. We are confident you will find what you are looking for and your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Why are we the best free option? We pay for the best data available and have a team of developers and systems engineers who have created a database like no other to make sure you can get the details you are looking for in a timely and convenient manner. Search landline and cell numbers using our tool and see the results for yourself. Anytime you want to dig deeper, you can always upgrade to our paid background check services.
Is your service legit?
When searching for information such as public records, you need to be able to trust the source. CheckThem’s reverse phone lookup service is legit because we are fully transparent and adhere to FCRA regulations. Since launching our service, we have produced millions of successful people reports. You’ll never have to worry about whether our service is legitimate or not. We are committed to offering you the best information quickly and accurately. When free services simply won’t provide the data you need, perform a comprehensive Deep Scan on our site!
How do I perform a reverse phone lookup or text search?
If you’ve ever received a call or text from an unknown number, you understand the confusion and frustration that moves people to perform a search. We make it as easy as possible to search. Simply enter the entire 10 digit phone number (don’t forget to include the area code!) in the search box on this page and click the search button. Almost immediately, you’ll see if we have basic information available for the number (we almost always do).
At this point, we’ll dig even deeper to find additional details and before you commit to anything, we’ll let you know there are additional details available. We’ll go to work delivering all the information we can find for cell phones, landlines and even unlisted or non-published numbers and more. You will be able to determine immediately if it was a mobile device or landline that called you, the associated carrier as well as the city and state where the area code and prefix is from so you can get a better idea of who called you. It’s completely private and confidential so search without any pressure.
Can I block a reverse phone lookup?
If you are concerned with your number showing up when someone searches for it, there are steps you can take outside of our service. We pull all data from public record services so we are unable to remove your number for you. Take some time and research opt out options for the major directories if you are concerned about your number showing up in public searches. There are also steps you can take to block your caller ID if you’re looking for more privacy. A quick and easy way to temporarily hide your caller ID identity is to press *67 (star 67) before you call someone. You can also make your number appear from a private number by pressing *82 (star 82) before you call someone. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, contact your carrier and request a line block.