How to Get Someone's Phone Number & Records for Free

By Joanne Cichetti

Until some time back, gaining access to public records meant you had to visit the local courthouse or government agency. However, nowadays you have everything on the Internet. A number of public records are available online and you just have to find a way to get them for free. Obtaining somebody's phone number for free is not difficult anymore since there are so many free reverse phone lookup websites. As far as the records are concerned, you will have to put in some effort to find them without a fee.

Go to the website Pipl, and search for the person. This website claims to look through material on the Web that usually doesn't show up in an ordinary search engine search (Google or Yahoo!). You just have to provide the person's name and it will return the phone number as well as some public records.

Go to the website Open Secrets and click "Donor Lookup." Search for the person whose records you are looking for. The website contains a database of more than millions of people. Another similar website is Follow the Money but it specifically gives information on state campaigns' contributions of individuals.

Go to the website Criminal Searches. The website has compiled public records on criminal history from various jurisdictions across the country.

Look on the website of Federal Bureau of Prisons. The website has an "Inmate Locator" that lets you look up all the people who are currently in prison or have recently been released.

Look up the person on an ordinary phone book lookup website to find his number. Websites like the WhitePages, Anywho or Reverse Phone Check let you find a person by name. However, the results will be restricted to his phone number and address only.