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(Pocket-lint) - You can't really be expected to answer every phone call. And when it's an unknown number, sometimes it's better to just leave it. Luckily, there are ways to find out exactly who is trying to reach you, just in case it's someone you want to speak to. PeopleFinders is a service that allows you to easily look up any US phone number to see who is trying to get hold of you.

With the massive amounts of phone scams that we have to battle with these days, it's nice to have a way to identify who is calling, or if that missed call was important or not. PeopleFinders uses thousands of different data sources to collate all the information into a simple-to-use report about who you are looking for.

How does it work?

PeopleFinders make it super easy to get information on who is calling you. It's simply down to searching for the number through a reverse phone lookup. The number has to be a standard 10 digit number from the United States, as it is only a service based in the USA. You can get quite a bit of information from just a phone number.

It's worth bearing in mind that not all numbers have public records connected to them. This might be a red flag for some misinformation, or it might be that the information isn't available.

PeopleFinders has over 43 billion records from over 6,000 data sources, so it's unlikely that you won't find the information you need.

Let's have a look at just what you can find out through a phone number search.

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Name and details

First off, you can get the name of the caller. It's easy enough from there to find out more information too. Who knows, it might just be a friend who has a new number or a relative you haven't spoken to in a while. But it's the potential sinister calls that can be trouble. Either way, you can let the phone ring and find out who they are afterwards.

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Phone carrier

For a bit more information, you can identify the phone carrier that the caller is using, as well as their general location. This can give you a bit more insight into who is actually phoning you. You might know a few people with the name Jane Smith, and that just doesn't help you narrow down who's calling. You can also find out if the number that's calling has had more than one previous owner.

It's a great way to find out if the number you have for a friend or relative is still the correct one and is active.

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Address and more

Can you get more? Certainly, you can. If you go that little bit deeper then you can get a direct address that's connected to the phone number. It's great if you want to confirm the legitimacy of a business by cross-referencing their phone number and address. The last thing you want to do is send money to a scammer online, so it's always worth double-checking the details.

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Owner data

If you want to see the whole picture of who is behind that phone number, then that's the last step. PeopleFinders has a huge database of public records and information. This includes previous addresses, background checks, criminal records, and more. PeopleFinders has access to over 250 million adult records in the US. So, there's little chance that you won't be able to find out who's calling.

Conclusion

A simple phone number can be the gateway to a whole world of information. Perhaps most importantly, is the increase of phone scams affecting so many people. It's a tool that can help keep you and your loved ones safe from anyone trying to do you harm. A quick search through PeopleFinders will help determine whether an unknown caller is important or be avoided.

Single reports start as low as $0.95, which is well worth the peace of mind in knowing who is phoning. Head over to PeopleFinders to see how it can help.