The process of tracing a name and address using only a phone number is called a ‘reverse phone look-up’.
Using a reverse phone lookup is much like using a telephone directory, the only difference being, you start off with a name and look for the phone number in a directory, whereas with a reverse phone look-up you start off with an unrecognizable phone number and look for the person’s name and address using several various sources.
How to trace a name and address from almost any phone number
While the process of tracing names and phone numbers of listed landlines, whether business or residential, is surprisingly straightforward and easy; the process of tracing calls made from cell phones and unlisted numbers can be quite complex.
Before you initiate a reverse phone lookup you may want to open up your old address book or look through your stack of business cards just to make sure that the number does not belong to a long forgotten friend or business acquaintance that you have not heard from for some time.
If the number you are cross canada phones checking is a landline phone number, you can easily find the person it belongs to by doing a ‘reverse search’ of the number.
If it is a residential line, you can get all the details you need at Whitepages or Switchboard. Business addresses can be traced at Superpages and Yellowpages. Whocalled is the place to go to for commercial calls and scammers as well as telemarketers.
By now you should have ideally found what you were looking for unless the caller was using a cell phone or an unlisted phone.
If you have not managed to find the name and address yet, then your next option is to look up information on the phone number using any of the major search engines including Google, Yahoo!, MSN or Phone search.
These search engines do a thorough search of almost all the websites on the public internet. All you have to do is enter the phone number and do a search. You could do several searches by typing in the phone number differently each time.