There is nothing worse than being the recipient of prank calls. Perhaps someone keeps phoning you from a number that you don’t recognize, and hang up as soon as you answer, or doesn’t speak at all. Maybe someone is phoning you, asking to speak to “Charles”, and when you say that this is not his cell phone number the person begins asking you personal information about yourself. People seem to be very inventive when it comes to making prank calls. Most of them are harmless, but you need to take them all seriously and stop prank calls before they get serious.
These prank calls become especially annoying, when someone is phoning your cell phone and you are using your valuable cell phone minutes. Who wants to pay to receive a prank call?
To talk or not to talk?
If you find the need to talk to a prank caller, do not use any threatening language. If they have your cell phone number, they can easily find out your name and address, leaving you in a vulnerable position. It is preferable for you not to respond to a prank caller in any way, but to immediately end the call.
Something to try first
If you are not the inquisitive type and you just want the prank calls to end, then you should firstly try to block the phone number from being able to phone you. You can do this by setting your cell phone to ‘auto-reject’ the number. It does not mean, however, that the prank caller won’t wake up to your tactics and begin phoning you from a different number.
Reporting the situation
If the situation is still causing you a great deal of concern, your next step is to either visit your local police station or contact your phone provider. Different phone providers have different policies on who should be your first point of contact. Some providers ask that you first contact your local police station over the matter before bringing it to them. There are certain things that both the police and phone companies can do to stop prank calls, by putting tracking onto your phone, or by stopping the calls from reaching you in the first place.
You can do some research yourself to discover the identity of who it is that is phoning you. You can do a reverse lookup on the telephone number that has been making the prank calls. There is a free reverse phone lookup facility on White Pages. This will only give you the information you need if it is a residential landline number and that the person has chosen to be publicly available. You may be lucky enough to find the information you need at White Pages, but many phone numbers are ex-directory, including nearly all cell phone numbers.
A different strategy is required in order to do a reverse lookup on a cell phone. You will need to use a specialized service to do this. These services pay to access millions of phone records through agreements with mobile phone carriers and phone companies, and create huge databases. In order to comply with the legal restraint of such information not allowed to be in the public domain (i.e. freely available) and to compensate the service for their outlay and their work, there is a fee payable to do a reverse cell phone lookup. Should the search prove fruitless, even after their personal investigation on your behalf, your payment is refunded.
All you need to do in order to do a reverse cell phone lookup is to enter the area code and the seven digit cell phone number into the search box, and after just a few seconds you will have access to any available information. You can choose a yearly subscription in which you can do many lookups, or just purchase a report on an individual number. Then you will have the information that you need in order to stop prank calls.
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