How to Identify Private Calls

by James Green

When you receive an unsolicited or unwanted phone call, the caller ID will often be blocked. You may wish to obtain information about the phone call. A caller has a number of ways to protect his phone number from being viewed. Despite those methods, the process for tracing an unsolicited phone call is relatively straightforward and after following a few simple steps you can use the caller information to stop unwanted calls in the future.

Step 1

Dial *57 immediately after receiving the private phone call. As the call was private, you will be put through to an automated service that will provide you with the caller's true phone number. If you don't have a subscription for the *57 service, you will be charged.

Step 2

Conduct a reverse look-up. There are many websites online that offer a reverse phone number look-up service. If the number is publicly listed, you may retrieve the caller's name and address.

Contact your phone service provider and ask it to place a block on the number. A small service charge may be placed on your account for blocked telephone numbers.

Video of the Day

Brought to you by Techwalla
Brought to you by Techwalla

About the Author

This article was written by the It Still Works team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information. To submit your questions or ideas, or to simply learn more about It Still Works, contact us.

More Articles

Photo Credits