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Verify Phone Lookup

A verify phone lookup can be performed on SearchBug in two ways. The first is to just verify a phone number line type, the second would be to verify and lookup the phone owner name.

If you’re simply trying to verify if a phone number is a cell phone or a land line then the SearchBug Identify Phone Number tool is the simplest solution. You can Identify one phone number at a time at no charge (daily limits apply). If you have batches of phone numbers there is also a manual batch process a self service phone batch process and a SaaS API integrated real-time solution.

If you’re looking to append phone records to verify the line type, OCN, LNP Rate Center or any other type of phone data to a phone list the Searchbug batch and SaaS API tools can save you time and a small fortune. You can clean and append small batches (under 50,000) for as little as $5 per 1,000 and large batches (several million) can be lower than $1 per 1,000. Almost any type of data is available to append.

Collection agencies rely on the system to weed out cell phones to avoid legal issues with calling cell phones for collections. Text message marketing companies rely on the system to weed out the landlines to avoid wasting money trying to send SMS to a land line. Other industries rely on OCN and other identifiers to figure out the Carrier or rate center for targeted marketing programs.  It’s amazing how much information you can get from a phone number a $0.005 to $0.02 cents.

And if you’re looking to verify phone lookup, searchbug can help with that too. To Verify a Phone number and lookup the name or other pertinent information searchbug can obtain real-time verified reverse phone lookup information.  Simply checkout the reverse phone lookup in the people finder section and conduct a people finder by phone.

How to Avoid Reverse Phone Lookup Scams

How to Avoid Reverse Phone Lookup Scams

This is a follow up post to my blog about Know Your Data Broker where I talked about Tamara Thompson’s blog.

I conducted some simple research to show the differences between what’s available online regarding the various reverse phone lookup searches and will show three very different examples to include what bad web sites do to trick consumers and what a good web site should do to show they are trustworthy.

As usual, I will also include what SearchBug does and what makes us different (and better) and why SearchBug customers appreciate everything we do.

First test subject was found via a Google Advertisement. This company pays for traffic and has to use tricks to get customers. When I visited cellphonenumberlookups123 [dot] com it looks professional enough but has an annoying gentlemen telling me it’s a “premier” service. I’m sorry, he is annoying.

At first glance I want to see the contact us page. I expect to see a phone number, fax number and address for a legitimate company that wants me to enter payment information online. How can I trust a company that won’t even provide a mailing address or phone number.

The image below is a screen shot of the contact page I found on their web site. As you can see, no phone number or address anywhere. But they do say, that you can reach them via phone for help, however to get the phone number, I had to engage in a live chat session during business hours.

During my chat session I asked why the phone or address was not available on the web site. I was not provided with that answer.  I was however given a phone number for customer service but was encourage to email them. No way to tell if I was dealing with someone at the company or if it was outsourced to a third party.

Now on to my test searches.  I purposefully used an invalid phone number to see what web sites would tell me. Would they tell me it was invalid or offer any information, or just try to take my money?

Upon entering my fake phone number 555-234-5678 this web site shows a “processing” screen which took almost 20 seconds (a big waste of time for nothing, other than to make customers think they are really trying to find stuff). Remember, this is the age of computers, we can tell if the number is valid or invalid in split seconds. Here is the first of 4 screens I had to endure to get to the end.

Click on any image to enlarge it and read my comments on the screen shots

After this screen came the next screen in the series.

Here they try and convince me that they found
information for the bogus number I entered.


When I click that continue to next step button I get the screen below which tries to convince me they are searching for even more stuff for some reason.

Now comes the third sales page that tries to tell me
I can get the information I want for just $1.00
Here comes the checkout page,
the fine print is really scary. 

It basically says for your $1.00
you get a 7 day trial 
to some type of service
and after 7 days you’ll be billed
$18.95 per month until you cancel.
Remember, this is all for a phone number I know is Bogus, and here they still try and tell you they found your information, want you to pay $1.00 for it and sign you up for an $18.95 monthly subscription.
That is what I call “wrong”. Caveat Emptor – Let the Buyer Beware

Next up – we have Reversephonedirectory [dot] com. These guys appear to be a landing page or reseller for Intelius because when you click thru pages you end up back on Intelius. Here you can clearly see they tell you there are 8 results in some premium database but they don’t give you any hint on the names.
Also, if the number is invalid, why don’t they tell you that? Seems that they don’t reveal that information. They do show you the cities and states, and as far as I know, a phone number can’t really be from several different states unless it was a cell phone and the owner moved and kept their number.  But they don’t tell you if it’s a land line or a cell phone either?


Now we have Intelius and USSearch. Since Intelius now owns and operates USSearch, I would expect similar results from a company their size.  The interesting thing here is that these guys have more computer engineers than any of the other people search web sites in the USA. Why they only tell you the number is invalid and nothing else amazes me.
At lease USSearch shows it big enough to see. Intelius is whispering the information like it’s a secret or something. 
There are hundreds of other examples of similar web sites. The important thing to keep in mind is to make sure the web site is reputable, has their address and phone number clearly displayed on the web site and provides enough information for you to make an informed decision if you want to do business with them or not.
You know I saved the best for last. Here is the same number entered into the SearchBug system. Note that we tell you the number is Likely to be Invalid in big letters. We also tell you the reason (because 555 is a fictitious area code).  We also tell you the line type, carrier and calling area are unknown (likely because the area code is fictitious).
So why would there be any names or addresses found in public records for a bogus phone number?  Well, these are public records and as such get input from many resources. Even though the number is invalid, people evidently used the number on documents that end up in public domain and databases that are made available to the public and data brokers.
Keep in mind that because the phone number is fictitious the names and addresses could also be fictitious, however it’s impossible to check the information until the full records are purchased.
SearchBug tries to manage customer expectations, providing as much information as possible to let their customers make informed decisions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.

Reverse Phone Lookup

Reverse Phone Lookup

The long awaited redesign of the SearchBug Reverse Phone Lookup tool is complete. Over a Dozen data sources combined into one tool – over 4 months in development. The search includes free access to published listings, something SearchBug Calls White Pages +, since they search more than just the regular white pages for free.

If your search results are found in the white pages or free resources it’s shown on the screen for free, no B.S. Why pay for something if it can be found free?

If nothing is found in published directories, the reverse phone lookup tool will automatically search through hundreds of millions of public records as well as third party commercially available private databases. If the reverse phone lookup locates records you’ll actually see a portion of what is available prior to committing to order (don’t let the small fee fool you, this is one great value).

SearchBug does not try and sell you a membership to a database that tells you it found information when it really didn’t. Go ahead, try and fool it, enter bogus numbers – you’ll see no information found or invalid entry. If a number is valid and not found, the system will suggest alternate ways of locating the information.

What will the reverse phone lookup find. Well it will scour:

  • White Pages
  • Yellow Pages
  • Public Records
  • Cell Phone Databases
  • Other specialized sources

* Verified Current Owner Search and Professional Investigator searches are also available.

Lookup Phone Reverse

Searchbug is starting a tutorial series on how to look up information online. We’ve kicked off the series with a video tutorial on how to Lookup a Phone in Reverse (aka: Phone Reverse Lookup).

If you’re trying to lookup the name or address from a phone number using a reverse lookup, check out our video tutorial. We’ll walk you through step by step and show you how to lookup any published number in the white or yellow page directories online at no charge.

Our future videos will also show you how to use the same tools to locate unlisted, unpublished cell phone numbers and more.

You can also review the step by step write up on eHow which goes thru how to do reverse phone lookup searches on Google as well and compares the different search methods and outcomes.

Check out the video tutorial below or click lookup phone reverse to open a new Youtube window and watch a larger version.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noah Wieder is CEO of SearchBug, Inc. and the founder of Best People Search. SearchBug.com offers a Free People Finder and Company Search as well as Data Scrubbing Services. Bestpeoplesearch.com is a private investigator portal and Information Retrieval Services web site where investigators offer searches to businesses and individuals with specific search needs.