SCAM ALERT! 
Phone Number Lookups

Want to reverse a phone number?  95% of all lookup firms advertised are scams!

The information presented on this web site is provided by Docusearch Investigations, a fully licensed and insured private investigation firm. It is intended to educate consumers on how to quickly identify scam web sites offering reverse phone lookups. Even if you choose another firm, please take 3 minutes to review this information. When searching online for companies who perform phone lookups, always follow these three common sense rules. Doing so may save you hundreds of dollars and hours of valuable time:

Common Sense Rule #1:

Stay clear from any website that doesn’t publish their contact telephone number.
Most of these scam sites appear overnight and aren’t even real businesses, rather affiliate fronts for subscription software. Look for their phone number. If you don’t have the ability to speak with a live person, it is most certainly a sham.

Common Sense Rule #2:

There is no such thing as an instant phone number lookup.
Current phone number records are maintained only by individual telephone carriers. Only listed phone numbers are published. Not even law enforcement agencies have “instant” access. Any web site offering instant results can only return outdated database information and is a scam.

Common Sense Rule #3:

Only buy from a reputable state licensed, insured investigative firm.
Just as you wouldn’t hire an unlicensed, uninsured contractor, providers of information are no different. State licensed investigators answer to governmental agencies and are bonded and/or insured. They are much less likely to perpetrate a scam. They also have access to information sources that others don’t.

Following these three simple rules should keep you safe.  For further information about reverse phone lookups, including the types of people who claim to provide them, please see the Related Articles section on the right side of this page.

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Below, please find an honest review of some of the most popular web sites offering reverse phone lookups. We even provide a link to their site, so you can judge for yourself.  Would you like us to review a phone lookup website not included below? Contact webscams.org.

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Website Reviews: Phone Number Lookups
Docusearch Investigations

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: Yes
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Results direct from phone carrier
Guarantees to return current name & address from any unlisted, cellular or landline phone number or it costs you nothing.
Intelius

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database search
This site guarantees to provide results; they don't guarantee they will be current.
Free Phone Tracer.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Anything but free. Results won't return current name or address.
PeopleSmart.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Nothing you can't get from your phone directory.
White Pages

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database search
Site makes $ by selling ad space then promises to text you subscribers name for a fee.......if listed.
Consumer Warning.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Probably worst of all. Cleverly disguised as a public service warning, just a front for Net Detective.
US Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database search
They guarantee results, "if available". What do you think of this guarantee?
Reverse Phone Directory

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
I entered my #, got old subscriber info. Also an Intelius affiliate.
Any Who

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Only returns "listed" numbers, then directs you to Intelius.
411

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
When it can't find your unlisted number, it directs you to Peoplesmart.com.
Yahoo! Phone Directory

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Search Engine
Provides links to other pay sites.
Integra Scan

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Database search
They list their phone number but site says they won't return your call. Really?
My Phone Detective

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
They sell a subscription to an old database then wants to charge you to be removed from it.
Reverse Phone Lookup.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Just another affiliate marketer.
People Lookup.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Outdated database
Just like the other scams. Returns really old info.
Melissa Data

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database
Information only available to paid subscribers.
Widget Box

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A front for Reverse Phone Lookup.us
Reverse Phone Lookup.us

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Just another database broker. Their phone number is buried.
Cell Phone Lookup Test.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A cloaked consumer warning page front for Intelligator.
Intelligator

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database search
They probably make more $ selling affiliates.
Free Cell Phone Directory

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Subscriber database
You are only able to search other members that have opted in to their cell phone directory.
Yellow Book

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Directory
Great for finding local business listings.
Unknown Caller.info

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated Database
An Intelius affiliate.
All Reverse Phone Lookup.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A really bad database affiliate.
Who Calls.info

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another Intelius affiliate. Boy, they have a lot.
Reverse Phone Lookup.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another membership scam site.
Non Published.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Source not known
They have a lot of rules and very expensive, but at least they have a phone number.
Phone Number Seeker.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
More of the same, read the guarantee policy.
Phone Number.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Sells links to other subscription sites.
Phonebooks

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A generic site selling links to other pay sites.
Lookup Anyone

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
An affiliate front for Intelius.
Called

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Yet another Intelius affiliate.
Buzzle

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Starts with an articles web site then directs you to Phone Detective. See below.
Phone Detective

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software with no contact info.
Free Reverse Phone Lookup

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another affiliate of Phone Detective.com with no way to contact them. Another rip-off. Stay Clear!

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3 Responses to Phone Number Lookups

  1. wilma says:

    i am trying to find a phone number 888-582-xxxx, every place i go into wants to charge a fee for giving it to me, the ones that say they have found a business or person that matches the number, when they say the number is free. thats not free when they try to charge you for getting it. i need the name of the business that the number belongs to. thank you

    • admin says:

      Wilma,
      Thanks for your query. There is no company that will reverse a number accurately, especially a toll-free number, for free.

  2. Isaiah says:

    Great job on your accurate reviews, I just wish I would have seen this before. I used Intellius and while signing up I unknowingly paid an additional subscription of $20 a month. They set it up to be tricky.

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