- Want to counter this masked caller? That is how
- Call a private number from *69 or #69 for free
- Check Phone Operator Logs
- Number lookup with reverse lookup
- Use the service to unlock personal numbers
- Activate call tracking to unblock callers
Want to counter this masked caller? That is how
Receiving a call from a private number comes with a painful sense of mystery. When you are on the receiving end of a private or blocked call, you may feel like you don’t know who is calling without answering. This lack of information and control can be irritating, especially if you receive a series of calls from unknown or private callers.
This is how you call back a private number.
Call a private number from *69 or #69 for free
Under the FCC’s mandate to allow private calls, telephone companies have created a service called Last Call Return that automatically calls back the last number that called your phone, regardless of whether the call was private.
The service is free, and to activate it, call *69 on the landline before another call comes in. Use on mobile phones #69 If the person answers after dialing, ask who is speaking.
The drawbacks of this approach depend on the phone service provider you use. For example, some carriers offer a computer-generated voice that tells you the number, along with the ability to make calls. Other phone providers call back a private number and don’t give you a number.
In addition, *69 and #69 do not work with all phones, and some operators limit the time interval for service activation to 30 minutes after receiving a call.
Using *69 or #69 may make your problem worse. Some blocked calls are likely to be automatic callers trying to verify that your number is active so they can sell it to other scammers. The callback feature lets the system know you have an active line.
Check Phone Operator Logs
Your telephone company keeps a log of all incoming and outgoing calls, which you can access by logging into your account and entering your account password.
Sometimes private subscriber numbers are listed here without masking. To find out the number, check the phone log on your phone to see the time of the blocked call. Then search online for the call log, sometimes found in the billing and usage menu, to see if it matches the date and time.
The duration of recording phone calls depends on the mobile operator. This data is typically kept for one to seven years and can be used in criminal investigations.
Number lookup with reverse lookup
If you can find the number, you can use reverse search on the phone. Enter the number into Google or the public Yellow Pages and you can see if the number is from a cell phone, a landline, or a place where the phone is registered.
In some cases, you must pay a fee to receive a full report. The fee may be refunded if the service is unable to provide you with information about the caller.
Use the service to unlock personal numbers
You can pay for a service like TrapCall to unblock a private number. TrapCall is a tool specially designed to unmask private and blocked callers, and it can provide the phone number and name the phone is registered to. It can also provide the caller’s address and provide a blacklist to block future calls.
Download TrapCall from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store to match your device.
Activate call tracking to unblock callers
Some phone carriers offer a call tracking service to stop unwanted calls that are offensive, obscene, illegal or threatening. In most cases, you activate this service by clicking *57 or #57 . Some phone providers offer this service for free, while others charge a small monthly fee.
The call tracking feature may not be available on your mobile devices.