Most of us are no stranger to receiving the odd phone call from a private number or one with no caller ID. It’s definitely not an ideal feeling, especially if you are getting repeated calls and not knowing who is trying to get in touch with you.

This article will cover who could be contacting you, how to find out who they are, and how to stop or deal with this issue.

Who Could Be Calling You?

Before worrying about how to find them and what to do once you have, it’s important to understand who could potentially be calling, and why they are using a private or blocked number to do so. This is definitely not to imply that any number you don’t recognize is someone dangerous trying to get in touch, but here are a few possible reasons people could hide behind masked contact details:

 

1)      A nuisance caller (these calls are often from foreign countries) trying to convince you to pass over your bank details so as to steal money.

2)      Disruptive pranksters who may have gotten your number.

3)      People trying to hide their identity on purpose – for example, someone with whom you previously had a relationship with, either in your personal life or business life, that didn’t end on the best of terms.

 

Of course, in the case of someone playing a prank they are unlikely to have harmful intentions. However, in order to stop annoying calls that disrupt your day it may still be worth finding a way of preventing the number from calling you.

In the other scenarios, it is definitely worth making sure a person can’t contact you if they are asking for money or personal details, or harassing you in any way, shape or form.

How Do You Find Out Who They Are?

The most straightforward way to track down a number you do not recognise, would be to utilise a reverse phone search function. However, this is not usually something you can utilise if the call is from a blocked, private or no caller ID number – only if it is a number you don’t recognise.

Luckily, nowadays there are online services and apps that allow you to unmask blocked numbers and find out who’s annoying you with their constant dialing. You may be able to find out as much as their name, phone number and sometimes even the area they are calling from.

The “Who’s Calling” feature in the White Pages app helps to identify incoming calls to your smartphone that are not stored in your contacts. By looking up the phone number in our online business directory, you are informed who the business or government organisation is in real-time (think reverse phone lookup). 

What Can I Do About It?

So even if you can find out who’s calling, the most important thing is what you can do about it. Luckily, White Pages has an upcoming feature that will allow you to report nuisance callers. After an assessment, they will flag the caller if the claims are believed to be justified. Android users can look forward to accessing this functionality on the app shortly.

In the meantime if you get a number of hang up calls, instances where the caller stays silent on the phone, or callers who treat you in a malicious manner, it may be worth checking if your service provider has a help center team that you can call to make a report.

It’s also important to remember never to give someone you don’t know any personal information such as an address, or bank information. In general, it might be a wise idea not to pick up calls from a number you don’t know in the first place – and only take action if you are continuously receiving them.

In short, take action if and when you can – attempting to trace the caller, contacting help if need be, or flagging and blocking them where possible. However, if it is just the occasional instance that is not a constant bother in your life, adopting the practice of either not answering blocked numbers, or simply being careful with how you speak to an unknown on the phone may be the way to go.

Through just being careful, or taking action when necessary you should be able to avoid undesirable consequences that can stem from repeated nuisance callers.