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The Best Unlisted Phone Number Finders to Help You Dodge Scam Callers

Shianne Edelmayer Updated 13-12-2019

Phone scammers are the bane of everyone’s existence. There has never been a time when they were wanted, and as the years have passed scam calls have gotten more sophisticated and adept.

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Because of this, the best option to avoid a scam is to ignore unlisted phone numbers and block suspicious callers. Here is a list of five websites and apps, including the long-time favorite 800Notes, that help you detect scammers. We’ve also got an explanation of why you shouldn’t answer unlisted calls in the first place.

Why Should You Not Answer Unlisted Phone Numbers?

800notes Look up Unlisted Phone Number

According to PR Newswire, over 47 billion robocalls were placed in 2018. More and more often, these scammers are trying to impersonate the IRS or another governmental agency.

Additionally, scammers might try to get you to say “yes” over the phone to record your voice and access stolen credit card data, according to a report by ABC News.

With the myriad of ways that you can be scammed, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Check those unlisted numbers first, and know the telltale signs that you’re on the phone with a scammer 7 Telltale Signs You're on the Phone With a Scammer Thieves use all sorts of phone scams to rip you off. Here are some telltale signs that you're talking to a scammer on the phone. Read More .

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1. 800Notes [No Longer Available]

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Did you receive a call from an unknown caller ID and the caller did not leave any messages? Wondering who that was? 800Notes is a free website that can help you identify unlisted phone numbers.

Simply enter the caller’s phone number. Then, 800Notes will check to see if there are any other people who received a call from the same number. It will also show other user comments if they left any.

One of the obvious ways to make use of 800Notes would be to identify and report phone scammers. 800Notes also posts news, articles, and videos explaining how to deal with telemarketers or robocalls.

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We especially like how frequently the forums are updated for this site, and how active the userbase is in trying to make sure scams and robocalls are tackled directly. An active community is a successful community, in our opinion.

If you’re trying to find the website through Google, however—instead of typing in the address directly—make sure you don’t type “1800 notes” or “800 Note” by accident. Neither of these names belongs to the website, but they get mistaken as such on the regular.

2. WhoCallsMe [No Longer Available]

Who Calls Me Unknown Number Lookup

WhoCallsMe is a website that looks nearly identical to 800Notes, and it works in a very similar fashion. If you’re contacted by an unlisted phone number, you can type it in. WhoCallsMe will give back information on whether or not the number has already been recorded as a scam.

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While WhoCallsMe is not as well-known as 800Notes, it does have a small forum where you can ask questions about scammers and robocalls, and get feedback on how to deal with them.

3. Whitepages

Whitepages Reverse Phone Lookup

Whitepages is one of the biggest online “phone lookup” services out there. Beyond having a visually engaging site, it’s fairly easy to use. You can access multiple different services through the website, including:

  • Looking up a number to see someone’s spam/fraud potential.
  • The address associated with a phone number.
  • The ability to tell if a caller is calling from a cellphone or landline.

If you keep on getting calls from unlisted numbers—and you want details on whom the numbers belong to—then this is a great website to use. What we personally love about Whitepages is that it specifically breaks down the potential scam risk behind each number with a handy graph.

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Aside from this, Whitepages is so much more than a scam alert website. Surprisingly, you can also run background checks, screen tenants, and find reputable businesses through it, too.

4. Hiya

Hiya is an app that you can use to identify and block unknown or unlisted phone numbers, available on Android and iOS. I personally use this app to get rid of persistent, annoying robocalls, and I’ve had a great experience with it so far.

While Hiya does have a premium subscription available, its basic free plan allows you to identify and block spam callers, which is all you really need.

Once Hiya has been installed on your phone, you can whitelist your contacts so that they don’t get caught up in your filters. You can also download block lists of known scam callers to keep yourself safe or report callers who have yet to be added to the system.

Additionally, when you receive a call on your phone that isn’t blocked, a pop-up screen from Hiya will emerge, asking if you want to run the number against their known database of scammers. With one click of the button, you can find out who that unlisted number belongs to and if you need to block them, fast.

Hiya is intuitive and easy to use, and a must-have for anyone who gets a lot of calls on their cellphone.

Download: Hiya for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

5. SpamCalls.net

Stop Spam Calls Spamcalls.Net

Last on the list is SpamCalls.net, an unlisted phone number finder that allows you to search for and report scammers in your region.

Through the website, you can identify scammers, report robocalls, and use the reverse phone number lookup tool to see if a suspected number has been hitting your area particularly hard.

What we find especially helpful about this site is that it breaks down the data on scammers by region.

For example: If you’re located in the US, it will show you the phone numbers that are most likely to be bothering US residents, or Canadian residents if you’re living in Canada, etc.

Block and Report Scam Calls

Scammers are a serious menace, not only because they can bother you during the day, but because they’re getting more sophisticated, insidious, and harder to identify when you pick up the phone. If you answer one—and you fall for their scam—there is a high chance of identity theft.

Remember, the safest way to deal with scammers is to not answer any calls by people you don’t know. Look up the number on 800Notes or another website on the list, and block them if they seem suspicious.

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  1. Silkie
    January 6, 2020 at 9:50 am

    THEDIRTYPHONEBOOK.COM ROCKS!

  2. dragonmouth
    December 16, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Instead of wasting my time checking numerous sites whether a caller is legit, a scam or spam, I signed up with NoMoRobo. They keep an up to date list of phone numbers from which suspicious calls are made and block them automatically. If my phone rings more than once, I can be pretty certain that the call is legitimate. Even if a suspicious call does get through, I can log on to the NoMoRobo site and update their database with the number and unlike National Do Not Call list, NoMoRobo allows me to block calls from politicians.

  3. Rebecca
    November 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    800notes is a good site. However, it updates slowly. Nowadays, there are more sites like okcaller.com, checkcallernumber.com, millionphone.net, etc They have the latest data

  4. Mike
    February 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    800Notes is great, but not all scam number are on it. I would suggest checking ReportedCalls.com as it has phone numbers already reported Federal Trade Commission as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

    • Ronda Media
      February 14, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Hey thanks! Its looks nice and clean, but still doesn't seem to have as big a data base as the 800notes site. I will bookmark it next to 800notes and maybe find numbers on one that the other doesn't have.

  5. Linda Carroll
    September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    We keep getting calls from what is identified on our cable/landline) phone as Bandwidth.com. Do you know what or who that is? There is no number associated with the above identification and they do not leave a message.

  6. MG Hallock
    August 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    800 225-5671..got a call from pnc bank fraud dept 820 am 8.25.2017 this lady sonia ask me to identify myself then referred me to customer service for more info..she was rude.and hung up.it was as though she was checking my location..this happened immediately after i checked a text..(she must fed agent) tracking..it is inappropriate..in my text i mentioned my "forever family" to family member..i follow my savior Jesus Christ. as a Christian..jesus endures forever look it up in the holy bible..not making it up...this woman doesnt realize we both breathe the same air and carry the same human blood..we are the same anyway..your cell phone is being monitored for the use of words..im reporting it ..im not a criminal ..what bank calls you early about fraud use..the call was a cover to intrude..thats
    really RUDE and harmful..stop harming..shame on you

  7. MG Hallock
    August 25, 2017 at 3:59 am

    862 241 3757..i was texting a family friend @
    11:30 pm..just finished sending text this woman calls pretending she's call some man named "Don"..She sounded like she intruded on my cell phone (federal agent)
    Eavesdroppin..my number came up on her phone?baloney..i was been tracked on purpose..im reporting this number...her behavior was fishy. Suspicious

  8. Randolf
    January 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    What I thought was a service to find out owners of phone numbers, turned out to be a call complaint website.I went there many times to look up a number, never commenting about my calls.

    A few days ago I wanted to contribute some numbers I knew of and was not able to complete even one. I was asked by several people all within a few minutes why I was there, what is the address, what is the company's website and called a lying shill. I replied back WTF is a shill and who are these people. After a few insults from them, I told them where to go and stopped responding.

    I began looking up reviews and found my way here. I have read a number of reviews and decided to write one of my own. I can't believe so many others had the same experience, what is that website really for? Seems like a bunch of "k'idiots" made it, just for amusement.

    Since they act like a gang of kiddies, I made an Image of their " Gang Tags"
    800nuts.000webhostapp.com/800_thugs.png

    • Suze111
      October 10, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Wow Randolf - I can’t tell you how much better I feel after reading your post - along with that of Mr. (!) Hunt’s. I just experienced exactly what you guys described with the bullying responses to a simple post about a phone call I received. These guys are indeed idiots and I will definitely not be going back to their site again. Thanks to all the others here who provided better alternatives.

      • Truth Buzy
        February 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

        Yeah, sure . Did you bother to look at the image posted by the person you replied to? Its tells a different story.

  9. Micrometer
    October 25, 2016 at 2:40 am

    800notes is an out-dated website, with old Articles, old News and incorrect Phone# entries. ANYONE is allowed to post whatever they feel like (true or false) about a number.
    Many threads are made up stories by trolls/shills and the ® Users contribute to the confusion, making it difficult to find whats factual.
    Today i posted info on 5 numbers from the past 3 days. 2 of those numbers had wrong information in them, just "troll" stories posted with the exact same info in multiple numbers all over. I watched the homepage, where the most recent posts display as soon as they are posted and seen the same name , same message in post after post. These posts are scrolled top to bottom sometimes in only a few mins. I caught a few and reported with the [!] button, but nobody ever deleted the posts. I commented in one about the info being the same as i seen in multiple others and my comment was deleted in just a few mins!
    Its my observations and experience that the site is unreliable to the usefulness in determining what a number actually belongs to. I suppose some of the information is correct, but buried in "shillwars" or deleted because someone challenged its validity of the posts there. I even seen a number that had over 6,000 comments! Who wants to sift through all that? I posted a small amount of info that explained the numbers purpose, but its doubtful anyone will find it without going right to page 289.
    IMHO the site is merely a magnet for attracting traffic for the purpose getting paid by advertisers. Ads are all over and it has a script that transmits traffic data to Google for its rating placement when someone searches for an unknown phone number, that been posted on their site, to ensure a 1st place spot in a search on Google.
    After experiencing the site, i would NOT recommend anyone going there if you are looking for reliable information on a number that called you.

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2017 at 10:26 am

      800trolls.hostfree.pw

      Its just like them , never cares about the people,just bad cyber bully and no useful info for anyone.

    • Clawdan
      May 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      My uname is Clawdan. I use 3 apps along with 800notes that makes I suppose, 4. I have had Caller-IDs from a bunch of places. Apparently I know people in Peru, Cairo, Brazil ( disclaimer..., Siemens is in Brazil so it MIGHT have been them). This is obviously a crowd sourced review site. On the other hand, you don't Have to sign in, so (unless the pick off an ARP, or ip addy). If you use the site with a little forethought, your own judgement, maybe call them back. By all means, oh don't block, your phone ID. If you want to validate 800--. Again, crowd soured. If you look a number up, find 1, or 2 negative comments, Use your own judgement. If there are 10 or 20, that all report equivalent bad behavior, my judgement says block it. If you can't find it on a couple of apps it's probably (at least honest). They may be a headhunter for your expertise. They m/b a debt collector, (unfortunately I have had them), but many times you will see a post, that says that IDK what else. Last comment, like every thing on the web, it's gotta be true...right? YMMV, thanks for making it all the way TL:DR .
      I lied last I promise. When 2 apps, and 800--, agree..?

  10. Mike Hunt
    October 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    The registered users @ 800notes.com are bullies who only post to entertain themselves and occasionally toss in some important info, self-justifying for posting at all. Instead of clearing out unwanted posts, they would rather bait people into an argument so they can each take turns marking your post with negative likes [-1] at the same time pat each other on the butt with a [+1], all the while the thread fills up with useless garbage , mostly from them.

    I even seen Sir Bedevere lie about why they didnt remove a fake post when asked, saying it wasnt a TOS violation, when in fact it was pointed out the specifics of the violation. He just removed that post, leaving his to show with his reason its wasnt a violation. Then on top of that he removed a post of the guy who questioned him and that guy didn't violate any TOS.
    Slim is the main troublemaker, baiting people into posting by grilling them with questions to make them prove their reasoning of their post, then discredit anything they say, so his buddies have a reason to troll the thread. They challenge anyone who asks a question and gangs up on them. When they are shown they were wrong about something, they simply remove your post into a PPMA ("Pending Post Moderation Approval"), which is never approved.
    The site is littered with PPMA, along with registered members posts heckling suspected troll/Shills, many of which they baited. There are also posts of them making fun of how people spell, why they responded to an older post, etc. Its understandable any message board needs to ensure trolling and spamming are monitored, but they act suspicious of anyone posting who responds to a reply made by them to the Original Poster. If you even remotely sound like your against them or their motives, your post is removed by PPMA. The site isnt even creditable with many numbers, since they dont challenge short story responses. Many trolls/shills take advantage of this and post nonsense stories , where some are challenged, but not removed because the registered users would be able to leave their own heckling posts without looking foolish. So its sometimes difficult to even find if a number has good information about it.

  11. Dar
    September 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    800notes is ran by government shills.
    The site has no official contact information which is common practice when the government collects the data.
    The poster known as Celtic Dragon is actually Kerry Chatwin.

    • Mike Hunt
      October 15, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      The registered users @ 800notes.com are bullies who only post to entertain themselves and occasionally toss in some important info, self-justifying for posting at all. Instead of clearing out unwanted posts, they would rather bait people into an argument so they can each take turns marking your post with negative likes [-1] at the same time pat each other on the butt with a [+1], all the while the thread fills up with useless garbage , mostly from them.

      I even seen Sir Bedevere lie about why they didnt remove a fake post when asked, saying it wasnt a TOS violation, when in fact it was pointed out the specifics of the violation. He just removed that post, leaving his to show with his reason its wasnt a violation. Then on top of that he removed a post of the guy who questioned him and that guy didn't violate any TOS.
      Slim is the main troublemaker, baiting people into posting by grilling them with questions to make them prove their reasoning of their post, then discredit anything they say, so his buddies have a reason to troll the thread. They challenge anyone who asks a question and gangs up on them. When they are shown they were wrong about something, they simply remove your post into a PPMA ("Pending Post Moderation Approval"), which is never approved.
      The site is littered with PPMA, along with registered members posts heckling suspected troll/Shills, many of which they baited. There are also posts of them making fun of how people spell, why they responded to an older post, etc. Its understandable any message board needs to ensure trolling and spamming are monitored, but they act suspicious of anyone posting who responds to a reply made by them to the Original Poster. If you even remotely sound like your against them or their motives, your post is removed by PPMA. The site isnt even creditable with many numbers, since they dont challenge short story responses. Many trolls/shills take advantage of this and post nonsense stories , where some are challenged, but not removed because the registered users would be able to leave their own heckling posts without looking foolish. So its sometimes difficult to even find if a number has good information about it.

  12. Jesica
    April 12, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    What about thiscaller.com or uscaller.com? What's the difference between these sites?

  13. Mellisa
    November 17, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Looks like the 800 notes site went down as of 11-17-2015. What a shame. I really enjoyed using it over the years

  14. Kerry
    September 6, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    There's also callcatalog.com

  15. Ronald
    August 1, 2008 at 12:37 am

    I prefer phonespamfilter.com - it allows you to automatically block telemarketers. And i think the site is better designed.

  16. Larry
    May 29, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I have tested it, but it could not any info for the tested numbers. As I understood it, users can enter info about these numbers themselves.

    • Jason
      July 2, 2017 at 6:06 am

      800notes is a very good site. I keep getting scam calls every week about IRS, debts. credit card info and etc. I also check 1-800-database.com Beware!