How Reverse Look Up Works

May 7, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

Using apps to search phone numbers

Phone apps and online phone books use reverse look ups to help you find the name and address of a person attached to a phone number. The phone number can be a landline or a cell phone number, although the latter is harder to search.

Reasons to Search

You might use a reverse phone search for several reasons:

The Caller ID on your phone shows several calls from Suzy Smith at 814-991-0451. Who is she, and where is the 814 area code?

You see phone numbers on your bill that you don’t recognize. Did you make the calls or was it a mistake?

You find a sticky note on your desk with a phone number written on it. You have four choices: throw it away, save it until you remember, call and hope you recognize the voice, or use a reverse search. The latter is the easiest and probably the least embarrassing on the list.

You have a missed call from an unfamiliar number. Should you call the number or ignore it as if it was a wrong number or telemarketer?

Your boss tells you to pick up a package at a local business, but you only have the phone number. You can use an iPhone app to find the owner of a phone number as well as the address.

How it Works

Reverse phone look up is easy to use. You can go online to a search engine and put the number, including the area code and country code, if applicable, in to the search box. The search engine uses its database to provide the user with the owner and location of the number; most also include a map. You can also type “reverse look up” into a search engine box to find the top websites. They should state if the search is free or if it requires a membership or fee. Sites offering cell phone or unlisted numbers usually charge a fee.

Using dedicated websites is a more efficient way to search and will give better results. You can use the WhitePages.com database, which tracks about 80% of U.S. phone numbers. It also stores international phone numbers. In addition, you can use a phone app to search a number. Because they are widely used, phone apps tend to be updated the most.

Landline phone numbers give the best results. Before the Internet became popular, phone companies published phone books and reverse phone number directories for each town. The directories were available to police and other officials as well as libraries for public use.

Why it Isn’t Always Free

Websites must pay to maintain their databases. They also collect information from many sources such as phone books, websites, social media, and other directories. Cell phone numbers are difficult to get because there isn’t a phone directory for mobile phones. Even if there were a directory for cell phones, people change numbers so often that it would be almost impossible to keep the information up to date.

How to Reduce Robocalls

April 28, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

Ways to stop robocalls

 

Businesses use automatic dialing systems as a way to market products to their clients. The introduction of these systems was revolutionary as it eliminated the need for people to make thousands of calls on their behalf. It was created to save time and money.

Automatic dialing systems were the precursor to conversational robots. The systems are designed to answer questions and direct users to the right department. A recent report shows that these bots can answer up to 29% of a person’s questions and save 44% of the time people would spend on the phone with a live support person.

Sadly, these systems are also used by telemarketing companies and scammers trying to get you to buy products or give up your hard earned money. Because the systems are automated, refusing to answer the phone or trying to talk sense to the robot on the other end is frustrating and futile.

Telemarketers

Telemarketers have to follow laws regarding the number of times they can call people and when they can be called. For example, it is illegal to make telemarketing calls before 7 AM and after 9 PM. People try to protect themselves from telemarketers by signing up on the National Do Not Call Registry. However, there are companies that can continue to call if you’re registered. If you have an account with the company or have signed up for a service that permits calls by third parties, you can receive calls. You have to opt out of contact. If a caller violates the law, you should report it immediately.

A Growing Problem

In 2018, robocallers made 26.3 billion calls and the number continues to increase. The Federal Communications Commission predicts that, in 2019, over 44% of all phone calls will be robocalls. Although the FCC fines companies for violations of the law, the companies don’t seem to care. Consumers search out ways to make the calls stop, and organizations like Consumer Reports gives out information and tips on how to end robocalls.

Helpful Phone Apps

You can download apps that allow you to trace unknown callers on your iPhone. These apps use an algorithm to determine which phone numbers are likely to be linked to telemarketers or scammers; then they maintain a database with those numbers. If a phone number makes over 1,000 calls, it’s going to be labeled as an unwanted number since the company is probably using a robocaller.

Apps can help you to identify callers and, if the number belongs to a telemarketer or other unwanted caller, you can block the phone numbers. It might not end the calls, but it will certainly cut back on them. You can only stop robocalls completely by turning off your phone. Apps will help, but to date, there is no foolproof solution.

Make A Report

If you continue to receive robocalls, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission for further investigation.

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans’ Charity Scams

March 20, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

Scammers play on patriotism

Scammers have no shame when it comes to stealing your hard-earned money. They will tell you anything you want to hear. If they think you may be partial to a specific cause, they will exploit that to get cash or valuable credit card or bank information.

Veterans’ charities are especially fruitful since the average person wants to support the men and women that gave them freedom. However, scammers take your well-meaning donations and use them for their own gain. People often donate money, property, cars, boats and other items to support veterans. The Federal Trade Commission recently enacted a total of 100 law enforcement actions against fake veterans’ charities. They enlisted the help of state officials and released a public service announcement to warn people about the scams.

How to Protect Yourself

The FTC publishes a list of things you can do to protect yourself from the scammers. They may use multiple methods to gain your information from phishing to using social media profiles. Experts recommend that you do the following:

Use a Scam Call Blocker

Many telemarketers and fake charities use automatic dialing systems to reach potential targets. The “robocalls” cycle through lists of donors and are relentless. Apps like RoboKiller track phone numbers most used by scammers as well as numbers used by legitimate charities. The apps will blacklist numbers that are commonly used. If you receive a suspicious call, you can also do a reverse phone search to look up the number. You can compare the number to the one listed on the charities website to make sure they match.

Follow the FTC

The FTC offers valuable tools to the public via press releases and up-to-date information on their website, such as FTC and States Combat Fraudulent Charities That Falsely Claim to Help Veterans and Servicemembers.

Research the Charity

People may become confused by the number of requests they receive from various charities. You can easily use a search engine to learn more about the charity, including reviews, official address and phone and their 501(c)(3) nonprofit number. If the charity is unable to supply their 501(c)(3) number, it may be a scam.

You can also look up a charity’s rating and reports on websites such as give.org, charitynavigator.org, charitywatch.org, guidestar.org.

Track Your Payment

You should make donations to charities using a check or credit card. A legitimate charity will not ask you to pay by wire transfer or gift card. You should also request proof of the donation for tax purposes.

Ask Questions

Scammers don’t like to answer questions. If the caller cannot answer the following questions, be cautious:

What’s the charity’s website, address, and mission?

How are donations allocated?

How much of the donation will be used for administrative fees?

Red Flags

Finally, look out for charities that refuse to provide receipts, information about their mission and costs, and how the donation will be used. Scammers may also thank you for making a pledge you didn’t make. They may try to force you into donating immediately. If these things happen, contact the FTC and local authorities.

 

Tips For Free Phone Look-ups

February 23, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

 Searching for phone numbers

Savvy tech people often use phone look-ups to find out who is calling or texting them. They are valuable tools for tracking the activity of children, as well. Finding a phone number for an existing person may not be difficult with websites like the White Pages, but doing a reverse lookup can be tricky, especially with a reverse lookup app. Many sites cannot search cell phone numbers. Those that claim to have access to the numbers are outdated. Others lead you to premium sites offering background information as well as phone numbers. There are apps, however that do as they promise and deliver the information. Some offer a trial, per use fee or monthly subscription. Popular sites include CallerSmart, Spokeo, and BeenVerified.

Disadvantages of Free Phone Apps

  • Outdated Information
  • No Address
  • No Cell Phone Number
  • Links to Premium Pay Sites
  • No Reverse Lookup

Why Do I Have to Pay?

Phone number sites gather information from other websites. They make no effort in verifying the information, they simply share a database. Sites that give accurate information must pay to make sure the information is up to date. The end user must pay the website for that cost. However, it does increase the likelihood that the information is accurate. If you are searching for a phone number, it is important to be as accurate as possible. Use a full name, birthdate and address if you know it.

Reverse Search

If you need to search for a phone number, then using a reverse phone search app is the best way. Users input the phone number into the app and receive information on the caller, including the name of the person or business, carrier and location. This is helpful if you have received a call from an unknown number or suspect that the call is related to a scam.

Reasons for a Reverse Search

Missed Calls

We’ve all had missed calls from phone numbers we don’t recognize. Should you call the number back? Is it a telemarketer? Bill collector? Wrong number? Emergency call? Unknown numbers are puzzling, particularly when they are local numbers. If you use a reverse phone number search, the mystery could be solved without making an embarrassing call.

Child Safety

Parents want to ensure their children are safe. If you notice unfamiliar numbers on your phone or phone bill, search to find out who is talking to your child.

Repeated Calls

Telemarketers and scammers are ruthless when it comes to making repeated calls. Sadly, it’s almost impossible to get them to stop, especially if you don’t know their identity. Tracing the number can help. If you are receiving repeated calls, you can report them to the authorities. You can also block the number on your phone.

Don’t Be a Victim of a Disaster Scam

January 21, 2019 Posted by Pamela M

Scammers collect money for disaster victims.

 

Many parts of the country routinely face weather emergencies: power outages, loss of water, loss of homes, and much more. Unaffected people are asked to donate to help those in need. It’s a noble thing to do to help the less fortunate. Less noble is the fact that someone out there is waiting to take advantage of the situation. Scammers take to the phones to ask for donations, playing upon sympathy and human kindness. Some callers shame those who don’t donate. If you want to donate to help others, be sure that the organization making the request is legitimate.

Scammers are smart. They don’t invent charities. Many use well-established organizations to make the potential donor feel secure in laying out money.

The American Red Cross is the most well-known disaster agency in the world. Scammers have contacted donors by using a fake address – like @redcross.net or by phone. The Red Cross never asks for personal information and advises people to be cautious if they receive a phone call. If you want to donate, call the organization directly or go to a local office. Anyone who suspects a disaster-based scam should contact The National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721 or email the NCDF at [email protected].

Is it a phone scam?

Many people think that scammers are foreigners and that it’s easy to tell if a call is real. That’s not true. Scammers aren’t always located in foreign countries. The calls could come from someone in your neighborhood trying to make a quick buck. The scammers tend to be highly aggressive with their victims.

Legitimate charities do call people to get contributions. The best way to protect yourself is to research the organization before giving a donation. Scammers use fake phone numbers, so you can’t use an iPhone phone number tracker to find where the call originates. Take the following steps to avoid falling for a phone scam:

1.     Ask questions

Question the caller where the money goes. Ask the caller for the organization’s name and address. Scammers may not be able to answer and hang up.

2.     Ensure the charity is real

Don’t donate when someone calls. Charitable and non-profit organizations are required by law to be registered with the state. If the charity is real, you can call back or donate through their website. If you donate, get a receipt.

3.     Don’t give out personal information

Never give out personal information.

4.     Keep emotions in check

Scammers will play upon your emotions. They will tell sad stories about children, homeless people, or those with no water or electric; anything that will cause a reaction. They may use guilt tactics. Whenever a caller asks for a specific dollar amount, hang up.

5.     Report suspicious activity

If you think might be the target of a scam, call The Federal Trade Commission immediately.

Internet Auction Fraud: What You Need to Know

December 16, 2018 Posted by Pamela M

Auction Scams 

Auctions are exciting. They are a good source to find items at deeply discounted prices. You don’t have to go to the mall or fight traffic. Auctions are also rife with scams. The excitement of getting a good deal makes some people less cautious. That’s exactly what the scammers want.

Types of Auction Fraud

Fraud can occur on almost any auction site. This is especially true if the website is not responsible for delivering the item.

Examples of Auction Fraud:

  • Seller never sends the item
  • Item is not as advertised.
  • Item is damaged.
  • Seller sends an empty box or substitute item.
  • You are overcharged or double charged.
  • Wire transfer schemes mislead buyers by asking them to send money through a wire service. The wire service is fraudulent. Once the money is sent, the seller and the wire transfer are gone.
  • Second-chance schemes involve sellers contacting losing bidders to offer a second chance on an item. If the seller calls, use an app for unknown number look ups to get the caller’s information. Call them back on that number.
  • The buyer pays, but nothing is ever delivered.
  • Overpayment fraud. A seller posts a high price item. The buyer insists on buying the item immediately, often before the auction has begun. The buyer sends a check, money order or wire transfer in excess of the cost of the item. Seller is asked to deduct the amount owed and return the overpayment. The seller soon learns that the form of payment is counterfeit.

How to Avoid Being Scammed

Many auction sites are reputable and provide good service. Follow their rules and policies to prevent being scammed.

  • If a seller contacts you by phone, use an iPhone caller ID app to verify identity.
  • Understand how auctions work
  • Know your obligations as a buyer before you bid
  • Learn what can be done in case of fraud.
  • Ensure all items purchased are received.
  • Read feedback and reviews from the seller’s previous customers.
  • Search to find any possible information about the seller, including a review from the Better Business Bureau.
  • Use a form of safe payment such as a credit card or online account that protects buyers.
  • Know the seller’s exchange and return policies.
  • Beware of international sellers.
  • Ensure that all costs are included in the price.
  • Never give a driver’s license number, bank account number, or social security number.

If you should receive an item that isn’t as advertised, contact the seller. If the seller will not refund your money, notify the website immediately. File a dispute with your credit card company to avoid being charged. All online fraud should be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Cancer Scams on the Rise

November 28, 2018 Posted by Pamela M

Watch out for cancer charity scams

 

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2018, there will be 1,735,350 people diagnosed with cancer; at the same time, 609,640 cancer-related deaths in the United States. The statistics suggest the most people know someone affected by cancer. Sadly, scammers take advantage of this fact and try to bilk unsuspecting people out of money in the name of cancer research or a related charity.

There are many reputable and honorable charities. However, scammers aren’t in that prestigious group. Rather, the scammers take the money you have given in good faith to use for their own purposes.

The “Good Guys?”

Regardless of popular belief, scams aren’t only perpetrated by individuals hiding in dark basements or Nigerian prisons. So-called legitimate companies often take part in aggressive telemarketing campaigns to collects funds. On the surface, these charities seem to be honest. If you dig deeper, you’ll find that it’s a front. In 2015, the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against four charities claiming to collect money to combat cancer. The representatives lied to potential donors to gain sympathy, and then they walked away with almost $200 million in donations. As a matter of fact, the CEOs use the money to buy luxury vacations and pay salaries to family members.

Detecting a Charity Phone Scam

It may be difficult to identify a false charity asking for money or an organization, although it is not impossible. Scammers often use fake identities and use a spoofed caller ID to hide their real phone numbers. There are five steps to  avoid becoming a victim of a charity phone scam:

  1. Ask for more information

Question the caller about the charity. Ask the representative for information about the organization. The caller should supply his full name, the charity’s legal name and address, and how donations are allocated. Scammers may be unable to give an appropriate answer, get defensive or hang up. Use an app for unknown number look ups to identify the phone number.

  1. Ensure the charity is legitimate

Do not donate at the time of the call. Research the organization online to verify its existence and credentials. Legitimate charities are registered with the state, and national organizations can be verified through the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. If you have determined that the charity is legitimate you can call back or donate via their website. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt.

  1. Keep your information private

Never give out personal or financial information. Be suspicious if the caller asks you to issue a wire transfer, purchase a pre-loaded debit card or a similar means of payment.

  1. Don’t get emotional

Scammers will often play on your emotions. They may use guilt to get you to donate. Whenever a caller asks for a certain dollar amount, hang up.

  1. Refuse unsolicited requests

The best protection is to avoid answering unknown calls. If you think a call is a scam, call the FTC immediately.

What are VoIP Phone Numbers?

October 30, 2018 Posted by Pamela M

VoIP Phone Service

As technology expands, ways to connect are increasing exponentially. Although it has been around for quite a few years, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has become more popular than ever. While there are advantages to using VoIP numbers, there are also disadvantages, including usage by scammers. What are VoIP numbers and how do they work?

Voice over Internet Protocol

Traditional phone services link a specific phone to a number. That number will always be used when placing calls from the phone. However, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) numbers are not tied to a specific phone. Rather, they are numbers connected to an Internet service. A user signs up with a website, such as Google Voice. The user registers with the website and receives a phone number. The user can make calls using that number from any supporting device. This means a user can make calls from a cell phone, computer, laptop, or even an analog telephone. The services are often free or charge a monthly fee. The low or no cost feature of using a VoIP number is especially attractive to businesses because it can drastically reduce monthly fees.

Advantages

The benefits of using a VoIP are many. They include:

  • Never have to change phone numbers
  • Not tying up your personal line
  • Not having to purchase a business line
  • Cheap or free service
  • International calling
  • Masking identity
  • Choosing any phone number in any area code
  • Operating multiple phone lines
  • Accessing many features of traditional phone services

Disadvantages

  • Unable to place 911 calls
  • Must have an Internet connection
  • Disabled during a power outage
  • Dependent on bandwidth
  • Internet can cause lag time
  • Lower quality than traditional service
  • Callers can mask their identity
  • Callers can pretend to be representatives of businesses or agencies (Bank, IRS, etc.)
  • Blocked numbers
  • Scammers/telemarketers can use local numbers
  • May be harder to trace
  • Identity may not be available
  • May permit viruses on computer/phone system

Tracing VoIP Numbers

Recently, it has become easier for services to trace unknown callers on your iPhone. The numbers are linked to an IP address rather than to a specific phone, therefore traces can be tricky, but they can be done. The best way to avoid issues with telemarketers or scammers is to block unknown or foreign numbers using an app. If you answer an unknown number, never give out personal information. If you suspect a scam, contact your Attorney General or local authorities on their non-emergency line.

Are You Being Spoofed?

August 30, 2018 Posted by Pamela M

As diligent as phone service carriers can be, scammers and telemarketing firms are even more so. They seem to stay ahead of the technology and the carriers just can’t keep up.  You may have noticed an increase in local calls to your phone, many of which are local numbers – or even numbers of neighbors, family and friends. Sadly, there isn’t much we can do about these calls except to ignore or block them. Registering on the National Do Not Call Registry or reporting calls may help, but I’ve read numerous accounts that the reports only generate more calls. Why is this happening?

find out who's calling you

Local Numbers

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software allows any user to create an account and choose a local phone number. The caller uses that number for whatever business or scam he is perpetrating, knowing that people are more likely to answer local numbers. The unwanted caller bets that you will answer, wondering if it’s a call from a neighbor, doctor’s office, or your child’s school. The caller may also tap into the number of a friend or family member, ensuring that you will pick up. Once you answer, the caller goes into his prepared spiel, hoping to lure you into purchasing a product or sending money for some invented reason.

How To Recognize Scammers

Most people are familiar with email scams wherein someone reports an overseas crisis, an unexpected windfall, or other event that requires the recipient to send money. Fake lotteries and business opportunities make big promises that will never deliver. Even the savviest people fall for these scams because the scammers are trained to be convincing and persistent. One of the most recent scams is being called by a utility company or the IRS, demanding immediate payment or face jail time. This is especially scary to senior citizens who may be easily confused or not up to date on the latest scamming trends.

How to block a phone number

How To Make It Stop

There is no surefire way to make the calls stop. However, you can block calls on your iPhone using a caller ID app. If a call comes from a number you do not recognize, let the call go to voicemail. Most scammers or telemarketers will not leave a message. If you receive a message that sounds legit and important, you may call the number, but beware. Any calls received from the utility company or the IRS demanding payment are most likely fraud. The IRS never calls people on the phone; they send letters. If a utility company calls, get the name and extension of the person calling as well as a call back number that you can use to verify the information. Also check the claim against any outstanding bills. If you do suspect fraud, report the call immediately to the police.

Lastly, limit the number of things you sign up for online. The more you use your phone number, the more likely you are to receive calls. You may also consider getting a masked number from Google voice or another company to separate your personal calls from potential fraudsters.

 

iTunes Gift Card Scams: How to Protect Yourself

December 15, 2017 Posted by communicator

It’s the holiday season and with Christmas just a week away it’s important to protect yourself and your loved ones from holiday related phone scams. The most common form of phone scam during the holidays are iTunes gift card scams. We’ll go over what you need to know about these scams and how to protect yourself.

Calls From Local Numbers

You may have noticed an uptick in the amount of calls you’ve recently been getting from unknown numbers this is due to the holidays and end of the year approaching. Scammers are taking advantage of the holiday season to trick vulnerable people into giving them money via iTunes gift cards.

Phone callers will demand that their victims pay bogus hospital bills, utility bills, back taxes, and prize fees, among other things. They will use scare tactics and threats in order to get what they want out of the people that they are targeting.

What to Do If You’re Being Targeted by iTunes Gift Card Scams

If you ever receive a call from someone asking that they make a payment via an iTunes gift card, or any type of gift card/pre-paid card, hang up immediately.

You should only use iTunes gift cards when making a purchase directly from iTunes or Apple. Never share the code on the back of the card with anyone over the phone.

Other Ways to Protect Yourself

Always be careful when answering a call from a phone number that isn’t in your contact book. If the call is unsolicited and claims to be from a company or organization that you trust inform them that you will call back at a later time. Once you’ve done this verify the phone number that called you using a white pages app on iPhone or the official website of the company or organization the caller claimed to be from.

Kidnapping Phone Scams: What You Need To Know

October 25, 2017 Posted by communicator

There’s a scary phone scam out there that tries to convince you that a loved one has been kidnapped by criminals. All across the United States there have been reports of scammers calling people and telling them that their family members are in grave danger. Find out how to spot this scam, how to avoid and report it, and how you can trace unknown calls.

How The Kidnapping Phone Scam Works

You’ll receive a call from someone claiming to have your family member and demanding that you send them money as ransom. You may even hear screams or crying in the background of the call. This is all designed to make you panic.

The calls often come from Mexico and they find family names and phone numbers on social media. Using this information they will demand that you wire them large amounts of money.

How To Avoid This Scam

This scam is scary and requires quick thinking. If you get a call from someone saying they have your loved one ask something personal. Make sure it’s something only the person they say they have would know. Additionally, while on the phone with the caller send a text out to the person they say they have, or find someone to call the person they say is in danger.

If you verify that the caller is a scammer immediately hang up and call your local police. It’s important that you report this type of call as soon as possible. Scammers are likely targeting other people in your community.

Another thing which you can do to protect yourself and your family is to set your social media to private. Only share information with people you know and trust online. Most of the time these callers get their information from online social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Trace Unknown Calls

You should always try to avoid answering unknown phone calls. To help you with this look into using a white pages iPhone caller id app on your smart phone. Not only will apps like these help you cut down on the amount of unwanted calls you receive, they could also save you from being a scam victim.

How To Avoid Telemarketers And Stop Nuisance Calls

September 29, 2017 Posted by communicator

Telemarketers can be the worst, they call at inconvenient times, they only want your money, and sometimes they don’t leave you alone! Find out how you can use reverse phone lookups to help cut down on the amount of nuisance calls your receive, and what else you can do to cut down on these calls.

Add Your Number To The Do Not Call Registry

We’re talking about the official Do Not Call Registry, not the one some scammer calling tried to get you to sign up and pay for! The FTC has maintained a Do Not Call Registry for some time now and if your number is in it telemarketers will have to pay a big fine for calling you.

The Do Not Call Registry is completely free and doesn’t cost you anything to add your number to it. Though it’s not a perfect solution the FTC does make these unscrupulous businesses pay when they get caught.

It’s quick and easy to add your phone number, so if you haven’t already done so what are you waiting for?!

Use Reverse Phone Lookups

We say it a lot here at Css-Al but don’t give these callers the time of day and use reverse phone lookups to choose which calls you will take and which ones you will avoid.

Make sure you download an app that allows you to run reverse phone lookups on iPhone on the numbers you don’t know before answering a call or returning a missed one. A lot of these apps even have automatic spam call blocking features that you can turn on.

Spam call blocking features will cut down on the amount of nuisance calls you receive. They use technology to show them which numbers make frequent calls that go unanswered. They use this to build a list of blocked phone numbers.

Don’t Interact With The Caller

The best way to avoid unwanted calls and phone scams is to simply not interact with the caller. Don’t answer the call and let it go to voicemail, or simply hang up when the automated message or caller goes into their sales spiel. This may seem rude, but it will save both you and the caller’s time and after awhile they’ll stop trying to contact you so often.

Using Reverse Phone Lookups With Online Dating

September 12, 2017 Posted by communicator

It’s 2017, everyone is or has used online dating or a dating app. You may even know couples who met off Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Match.com or any of the many online dating sites and applications that exist. Maybe they’re even married now! The biggest problem with online dating is how do you really know who you’re talking to. With a caller ID app for iPhone you can figure out the true identity of the person you’re talking to.

Online Dating

What Is Online Dating?

Maybe you’ve been a holdout or maybe you’re just now finding yourself single after the end of a long-term relationship. For me personally, the latter happened. After three years of dating I found myself single. I was totally overwhelmed by the popularity of online dating, something I had never used before.

Online dating is great for meeting people that you wouldn’t normally meet in your day-to-day life. To start, choose which site you want to use, we recommend going with a free option at first just to try it out and see how it is. Pick a few good photos, write up a short bio about who you are and you’re ready to start matching with other singles.

How to Stay Safe?

With online dating there’s the big question: Is it safe? The answer is yes it can be, but you need to be smart. That means meeting in a public place and finding your own means of transportation there for the first time you meet.

It’s also important to tell a friend or family member where you’ll be going and who you’re meeting. Chances are your date will be fine, but it’s always important to be cautious the first time meeting a stranger.

You can also use a caller ID app for iPhone to ensure your date is who they say they are before meeting them.

Using a Caller ID App for iPhone When Dating

Whether you meet a person at a bar, in traffic, or online, you can run their phone number through a cell phone number app lookup for iPhone to check out who they are. This is just another way to verify the identity of your online date.

There are a lot of these types of apps so be sure to look in the App Store for one with a lot of good reviews.

Must Have Apps for Your iPhone

August 16, 2017 Posted by communicator

The iPhone is considered one of the best inventions in the history of mankind. If you have it, you might as well make the most of it, right? Here’s a list of the best iPhone apps that you should think of having on your iPhone including streaming music apps, iPhone reverse number lookup apps, and more.

phone tracer app for the iPhone

1Password

With the tons of apps you’re using and online accounts you have how can you keep track of all your passwords? A password is one of the most valuable possessions of an individual in this day and age. The free 1Password app helps you maintain a unique password for multiple apps and online accounts!

Doorman

Ever had a stolen package? Been afraid your Amazon package wouldn’t arrive on time or at all? Here’s an app that can help you relax when shopping online. Doorman has an address that it shares with its app users where they can have the packages sent. They will forward the package to you per the schedule you request. They can hold the package for 30 days!

CallerSmart

Callersmart is a great phone tracer app for the iPhone. It helps people check a mystery number’s safety and block calls from unwanted callers such as debt collectors, sales calls and scam calls. It’s online phone book is well updated as well.

Waze

There are digital maps and then there’s Waze. The best thing about this app is that it doesn’t only serve as a GPS, but it also creates a re-route if there’s bad traffic, construction, or accidents.

Spotify

Who doesn’t listen to music? Spotify is a free streaming service that has one of the most comprehensive music collections. It also has a “radio option” which gives users the opportunity to listen to new music and discover new artists. Music can also be synced to your phone so you can enjoy your favorite playlists offline.

Head on over to the App Store now and download some these useful free apps!

Identifying Unknown Cell Numbers

January 18, 2015 Posted by communicator

New advances in technology have made it possible and easy to find a cell numbers location. Technological breakthroughs, like GPS on mobile phones, have improved the chances of learning the exact location of a phone. The technique, called triangulation, allows people to pinpoint where a caller is. Emergency services use this technique to locate callers.trace unknown callers on your iPhone

Location Tracking Apps

There are many location tracking online services and apps that you can downloaded onto your smart phone. These apps may differ in appearance, interface, cost, and terms. However, all location tracking apps use the same triangulation technique. In addition to location tracking, there are also websites and apps that can show you the identity of a phone number’s owner.

Reverse Phone Lookup Apps

Phone number tracer apps compile their information from different online databases and information from telecommunication companies. In the past, the process of tracing cell numbers was difficult because there was no way to gain access to this information. Cell phone directories use many different sources to identify who the number belongs to. The apps use information from phone companies to identify the location of the number and what carrier the number belongs to.

There are many reasons why you would want to trace unknown callers on your iPhone. One reason is to identity a recently missed call. By running a reverse phone lookup on the number you will be able to see who the phone number belongs to and where they are calling from.

Companies will often use caller ID information to find out the identity and location of their customers when they are receiving a call. This allows them to provide better customer service.

Cell Phone Directories In The U.S.

While landline phone numbers are published in the U.S., cell phone numbers are not. Even though, these records aren’t public there are numerous online cell phone directories and caller ID services. These websites and apps can be used to trace the location and identity of a certain caller for personal or work reasons.

With some cell phone lookups there may be a fee. These directories charge a monthly or annual subscription fee, or a one-time fee depending on how many searches you run. The fees keep the directory regularly updated. Most listings are very precise and accurate.

In addition, the cell phone lookup may give you a lot of good information, such as the full address of the phone number or social profiles. All of this information will help you avoid unwanted, incoming calls.