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How to Avoid Phony Reverse Phone Number Lookups

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 183

Have you ever gotten mysterious phone calls from an unknown number? By performing a Reverse Phone Number Lookup on a landline number will return the name and address of the individual associated with the phone number. If you wish to perform a search on a cell phone number, you will retrieve the name and billing address associated with the phone number. Unfortunately, tracking down the mystery person on the other end of the phone is not nearly as simple as the super heroes in theatres make it seem. Especially with the additional threat of imposter private investigation companies, nearly matching the number of legitimate private investigation companies. These phony companies have become increasingly complicated, making it difficult for potential customers to tell the difference between a fake or a real private investigation company.

If you are wondering how the phony companies pull of the scam, it is one of a few ways. They generally purchase old telephone databases and then market their reverse phone lookups for discounted prices. They claim to give "Instant" or "Unlimited" results, but in all actuality when used will return outdated information, or links to legitimate private investigation sites. The worst part is that because they did technically perform a "search" for your requested information, you are not entitled to a refund.

What to Look Out For

Some red flags of these phony sites are obvious even before opening the page in the search engine. If a company claims to return "Instant" results, you know for sure this is not a legitimate company. Because of the nature of a Reverse Phone Number Lookup, it requires a private investigator to individually search though information to find what you requested. This takes 1-2 business days minimum, so avoid all sites that have these ridiculous claims.

Also, all legitimate private investigation companies should be licensed and have their ID number listed somewhere on their website. After looking at many fake private investigation companies, you will realize that most of the phony companies fail to list an address or phone number. This is in any case, not an accident on the part of the company. If their angry customers can't reach them for a refund, who is to say the complaint ever existed? Before selecting your company, be sure to check if they have a legitimate phone number and address. If any of the information looks questionable, call the number. The more advanced fake sites have figured out that this is a red flag and have responded by posting a fake telephone number.

The only way to stay ahead of this scam is by being educated and looking for any of the red flags. These scam artists prey on individuals who are too busy to notice a small monthly charge on their bill, and are quick to disappear whenever a customer wants a refund. Stay proactive, and by making sure the Reverse Phone Number Search you choose is legitimate before signing on the dotted line, you can save yourself a world of hassle. is America's premier provider of on-line investigative solutions. Requesting investigative services has never been easier than using our web site.

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