When you see “Restricted” appear on your caller ID, you are receiving a phone call from a restricted, or blocked, number. An individual can block the origination of the phone call by dialing *67 before he or she dials your number. This is used when an individual does not want the person whom he or she is calling to be able to trace the call back to him or her. While finding a restricted phone number can be difficult, it is possible if you know what to do.
At the end of the month, take a look at your phone records. Some home and cell phone providers list numbers on the bill that initially came through as restricted. Simply note the time and date of the restricted call as it happens, and check your end-of-month statement to find that same time and date. You may find the full phone number listed.
You may also put a block on your phone that lets callers know that you are not accepting calls from blocked or restricted numbers. By doing this, you force the individual calling you to unblock his or her phone number and try to call you again. While this may be a small headache for someone who truly wants to reach you, it can be an effective way of weeding out those unwanted spam callers or pestering telemarketers.
If you answer a restricted call, you can ask the person who is calling for his or her phone number. While this does not always happen, you stand of chance of catching the caller off-guard in a moment of weakness, and he or she may give you the information for which you are searching. You may also consider contacting friends and family members to see if they are getting restricted calls around the same time. Someone else may have already obtained the restricted caller’s number, and he or she may be better able to guide you.
While a restricted call does happen on an occasional basis, if you find that the calls are becoming harassing and you are finding that restricted calls come at all hours of the day, you may want to have the police track the number. They have technology that can track the number and determine its origin and owner. You may also consider installing a toll-free number on your own phone to give instead of your actual phone number. This method will allow you to automatically receive the phone numbers of callers because you will be paying for each call that comes to your phone.
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Author: Jay White
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