Reverse Cell Phone Lookup for a Pre-paid Cell Phone

When customers request the name and address linked to a cell phone, the search performed is typically called a reverse cell phone search or reverse cell phone look up.

Questions get asked about all the different free cell phone lookup searches or if there is a cell phone directory, however this article is about reverse pre-paid cell phones like Boost, Trac, Virgin, Cricket.

Q: Can you find the owner of a pre-paid cell number?

A. The quick answer is sometimes… It’s good news since our investigators have a good track record and a lot of times the investigators can find information on pre-paid cell numbers.

A lot of people seem to be getting pre-paid services, such as Cricket, Boost Mobile, Trac, and Virgin Mobile.

These services although prepaid do request the subscribers’ information at the time of the purchase and many people still use these numbers as their only phone.

As soon as you list a phone number on a document (at a bank, grocery store discount card, pharmacy card, enter sweepstakes, complete an online questionaire, join an online group) that number gets into all sorts of databases that private investigators and other officials can obtain.

Because these services are all prepaid, the customers personal information (name, address, etc) at the time they sign up for the service is NOT verified for billing purposes. Customer may still receive a bill otherwise risk missing a prepaid payment and getting the phone turned off.

The main difference with a prepaid phone is that there are no agreement, no contracts so if the bill doesn’t get paid (phony mailing address or something) the customer has to pay bill online, walk in, mail it in or phone it in to keep the phone on.

If you subject pays or reloads his service with his credit card the information on the account is usually kept current because the billing address on the credit card is captured. Otherwise it is up to the subject if he updates his address if a move occurs.

Most of this information is accurate unless for some reason your subject is trying to stay “off the grid”. There are still some prepaid services that are virtually impossible for the investigators to obtain information on such as TRAC phone. Trac phones are basically throw away phones and are one of the only untracable phones unless its been in service for a while and the person was using the number on some of the documents mentioned above. Even then, if they toss the phone and get a new one, the number is then disgarded since it’s rare that anyone would port a Trac phone number to other services.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of bestpeoplesearch.com. Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

I have the SSN for someone can you find them?

I have the SSN for someone can you find them?

Q. I have the SSN for someone can you find them?

A. This is a question we get all the time. We usually request a little more information because the Private investigators that provide their services to Bestpeoplesearch.com have several different searches that would answer this question. We will discuss some of the differences below.

 

  • A Basic People Search By name, address or SSN:
    A good basic and inexpensive search and is conducted manually (unlike our automated instant people search that lets you connect to several proprietary database systems and search using name).

When the investigator conducts this search your report includes records from up to six (6) different sources compiled into one easy to read report. It includes any names & any aliases found associated to your subject’s SSN.

It also includes the most currently reported address first, then all associated address history (included all previous addresses found, some going back as far as 1980’s).

Why this search:
I recommend this search if you are looking for an old friend or researching family history (if you only have a name this search works well too). This search is a great “jumping off” place to see what information is out there and associated with the name and/or SSN you have.

Unfortunately, the last reported address found is not always going to be the current residence of your subject. However, if you are not sure what state someone lives in or has been in for the last 10 – 20 years, or if you think they are not the kind of person to move around a lot, this would be the most cost effective search for your purposes and includes a lot of info.

This search can often lead to more successful searches on your own given the amount of information it will reveal about your subject if you don’t have much to start with.

Often times, you can send mail to the addresses provided and request forwarding information from the post office or write a note on the outside of the envelope for current residents to open and ask if they know of your subject’s whereabouts and leave your address or phone number where they can reach you to help in your pursuit.

  • Find Phone Number & Address:
    A better intermediate level search.
    This search is considered the next best search after a basic search above, as it costs a bit more due to the amount of time, effort and additional expense the investigators have to go through.This search has two options:
    a. Search with your subject’s SSN. I recommend this for people in a hurry to locate someone such as if there was a death in the family and you can’t find accurate or current information elsewhere about relatives and you need to contact them to make them aware of arrangements. Also, if you have used the basic search and the address was not current, this search is the logical next step. This search is often used by children looking for biological parents, family members & friends looking to reconnect. We’ve even had several gentlemen use it to find their significant others father to request her hand in marriage.
    b. Search without your subject’s SSN is designed so that your assigned investigator will locate an SSN if one has not been provided. With either search your assigned investigator will check to see if there are any public utilities located in your subjects name. This is not the same as the guaranteed address search that is verified, however, generally speaking if someone has electricity or other utilities in their name at a specific address they more than likely live there, are the landlord of the address, or someone residing at the address knows the person paying the bills. This search does take longer than the basic search (about 7 business days to complete).
  • Guaranteed Current Address Search:
    Our Best People Search. This search is unlike any search on the Internet today. This is our most comprehensive search and our competitors know it. Often copied never duplicated. This search provides verbal verification by your assigned investigator that your subject lives at the address given in your final report. This search takes 18-22 business days to complete due the comprehensive nature of this search and the verification process. Once an address is located for your subject it is then personally verified by your assigned private investigator. It is an intensive and extensive search. This search is most frequently used by Process Servers, attorneys, and individuals seeking to locate an address for other legal purposes where a current address is a must.

    Because it is such an intensive search and it does take longer to complete, the results are guaranteed correct on the date of the report.

    This is the most costly of the people search searches due to the work required by your assigned investigator. The investigators have assisted many people in reuniting with family & friends as well as to serve individuals with legal paperwork, locating debtors to collect on judgments and for many other matters. We have a lot of repeat law firms that rely on this search for their everyday needs.

 

We hope this blog helps you understand some of the different ways to locate someone using a name or Social Security Number. Best People Search has a search for every situation & budget. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re frustrated by all the online scams and phony “people search consumer-review sites” and have wasted money with other sites that don’t even post a customer service phone number or contact address we welcome you t
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of bestpeoplesearch.com. Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

Are Verified Searches Really Verified?

When you request a ‘Verified Place of Employment Locate’ and the investigator locates what they believe to be an active place of employment. Then, investigator will use various approaches to verify employment to ensure (i.e.”verify”) your subject is still working there. This is often the situation that unfolds when when someone applies for a loan and employment must be verified.

They may locate his or her phone and extension, call the operator, HR or even another co-worker to verify the employment. There are dozens of ways to do the verification. The investigator is careful to do the verification without “spooking” your subject. They use many different legal techniques so subjects are unaware they are under investigation.

Our typical clients (law firms and collection agencies) use a Place of Employment “POE” search to have wages garnished after a judgment is issued. They sometimes use a “POE” search for process service if subject is working for a local or small to medium size company. If your subject is working for a large nationwide company or a company with offices worldwide the address obtained may the corporate headquarters and/or payroll address (used for wage garnishment cases, not process service).

You can rest assured that if the investigator verified that your subject is employed and they locate the employer they are still working there when the investigator completed the verification.

If you are inquiring about a ‘verified person locate’ (not a POE) the investigator also uses many different techniques to verify your subject is physically located at the address provided. Those techniques can include “stealth” calls to friends, family, roommates, neighbors, co-workers, even the subject’s themselves as they will not detect they are under investigation.

Investigators assigned to verified locate cases are experts in their field and have decades of experience. They know what to do and how do it successfully. I can pretty much guarantee that if our investigators can’t locate them, no other investigator could and they are probably “off the grid” as it’s referred to. Meaning living in a hotel or hostel, or “crashing” at friends or family a few nights here and there or staying in long term stay “hotels” which have no utility or phone bills and no neighbors per say.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of bestpeoplesearch.com. Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

Locating someone with only a PO Box

Q: I am looking for my birth father and ran a basic people search but the only address listed is a P.O. Box across the country from me. What can I do?

A: Great Question and one that we get asked a lot so I’ll answer it here for everyone.

This is a common problem for a lot of people. You’re looking for someone but all you can find is a PO box. I want to let you know right off the bat: please, don’t lose hope. It is still possible to locate your friends and family (or debtor or deadbeat) using a Reverse PO Box Search.

Basically, when you fill out an application to rent a PO Box you must fill out a 1093 form and produce evidence to prove your physical address. This prevents fraud as well as illegal goods from being mailed to PO Boxes anonymously.

What that means is PO Boxes are usually rented for legitimate reasons and registered to the person who rented them. Now, on occasion, someone will convince someone else to rent a PO Box for them (undocumented citizens, business partners, domestic partners, etc).

Once someone has a PO Box they would typically forward their mail from the physical address and even use the PO Box as a billing address for credit cards, or business dealings. This address will end up getting into many “systems” both public and private whereby the investigators can then obtain the data.

The investigators that use bestpeoplesearch.com to sell their services have a great deal of success obtaining a physical address by doing a reverse post office box search. The same typically applies to personal mailboxes. Like a Mailboxes Etc, UPS store, Postal Annex, and the other private Mail Box companies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is President and CEO of Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. and the founder of bestpeoplesearch.com. Bestpeoplesearch is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.