Cell phone number blocking

Some callers use number-blocking service codes through their telephone companies, while others will just enter *67 before dialing a number so that it will block their own cell phone number. If the dialer will do this, the caller's ID will just show as a Private Caller on your cell phone's screen.

It's difficult to instantly trace a name associated with a Private Caller ID than names associated with other masked caller IDs like the ones that will appear on your cell phone as "Restricted" or "Unknown" since the phone company has already blocked this caller's information. If you want to do it then it can still be achieved by following some of the tips in this article.

Things You Will Need

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Step 1

Directly dial *69 after a call that registers as Private Name or Private Caller shows on your screen's cell phone. You shall arrive at a phone service that will provide you with the name including the phone number of the last call that came through your line.

In some places or locations in America, *69 can redial the last number of the caller's ID who had called through your phone. Check if there were phone bills that was charge for its use because you can easily contact your local service carrier to report it and validate its code.

If someone answers the phone after you dialed *69, inform him or her that you received a call from his or her number and would like to know why he or she initiated a contact or had called you. You may also hear a recording after you dialed *69 which will identify a phone number or disclose the name of the person who had called you.

This is the other option after dialing *69. You can write this information down so that the next time you can receive another call, you'll have a little background information of the person who keeps on calling you.

Step 2

Conduct a reverse name search for additional information on this person if you had seen a name that came from the recording. Try the free search just by entering the name and region through the people search database.

There are Free Reverse Name Search services online and you can just enter the name and region or type the number in the format "222-333-4444" in your Google browser and press "Enter" and see some results.

You can also look out of the name of those "Private Callers" on your land line through an online service called "Number Look Up" or "Reverse Number Look Up". Searching these phone numbers on these websites can provide you with the names directly associated with those numbers that keep on showing on your phone as "Private Callers".

Step 3

Contact your local phone service carrier and request an anonymous call blocking. A phone user who calls from a blocked number will hear a recording informing him or her to unblock the number if he or she wants the call to go through.

It will unblock future Private Caller names and phone numbers, but not the previous callers. But an anonymous call blocking can't stop protected or concealed caller IDs made from calling cards, prepaid cell phones and pay phones.

In order to stop blocked ID calls from having access to your phone, you may use a phone service directly from your land line company. In this way, when someone calls using a private number, there will be a recording that shall also request for a caller identification. Prior the call will go through, the name is recorded and repeated to you for identification purposes.

You can either accept or decline the call which is a nice option. You can also request for a "privacy messenger" since most land line phone companies provide this kind of service. Each phone company may have a different name for this type of service, but most of them generally work the same way in order to protect the privacy of their phone customers.

Step 4

Contact the business office of your local phone service company by the time that you receive abusive or threatening calls coming from a "private caller ID". Some phone companies may request you to immediately file a formal complaint with the local law enforcement (police report) or they may take action by directly requesting you to connect with their Annoyance Help Desk so that someone can set you up with a call trace through their office, but this will also be based through a phone company's legal policies.

In most areas of authority or jurisdiction, law enforcement agencies including phone companies, will not release any personal information to you like the name or address of the person with the "private caller ID". Phone companies generally take complaints from their customers seriously so that they can help you find out the identification of the anonymous caller but the information that they can get will only be disclosed to the police for investigative purposes.

Closing Statements:

It is challenging to find a "private name or number" on your caller ID once you receive one but you can still do it if you try. This usually happens if someone is punching in a kind of code prior making a call to you.

It can also be a requested service coming from the unknown caller's phone company for certain reasons that is why it registers as Unknown on every call this person makes. Most people don't want to see on their phones unknown callers that is why phone services like anonymous call blocking and reverse phone lookup are now on the rise.

Tips & Warnings


There are also services that many phone companies provide to stop all anonymous calls called Anonymous Call Blocking. It offers recommendations for the caller to unblock the call so that it will go through. In this way, all your future calls will register on your caller ID, and it will do away with all those blocked and unnecessary calls through this type of phone service.

Another kind of call-blocking is the Personalized Ring, where your callers are identified with a unique ring tone. You can also choose Privacy Manager, a call-blocking which unknown callers need to identify themselves before their calls can be forwarded or connected to your phone.

Visit the website called Donotcall.gov and add your phone number to a the national Do Not Call Registry list of numbers. In this way, various companies, local businesses and telemarketers may not bother calling you unless you also want to have business with them.

You can also block calls by manually pressing *60 and just follow the recorded directions over the phone. Instantly dial *60 after picking up the phone if a number shows up as Unknown so that you can add it to your list of blocked callers.