Free People Search Engines
Several websites provide free searches for people which can return their phone numbers and local addresses. "Can" because success largely depends upon:
The typical 'free-people-search-engine' strategy is to return a limited amount of information on targets found as a way of teasing site visitors into paying for more detailed results. Such sites might also make money by display ads (including those annoying pop-up ads) or linking to other sites that pay a commission for referring a buyer.
Information about the person sought must be submitted at least once on the Internet in order for the information to exist (in e-form) where it can be found by search robots, or info must be in a public record that is accessible online. No record for a person can appear in an Internet database without their information having been placed there, either by himself or herself or by another.
Robot? A search-engine 'robot' (crawler, bot, spider) is a software program which accesses websites for the purpose of gathering information to build databases of data. The software navigates from one resource to another by following links (hyperlinks) which are placed (most commonly) on web pages by webmasters or designers intentionally to refer to other websites and resources.
Find a Person by Name
Most search businesses allow for the input of a person's first and last name as well as a general location (ranging from a broad parameter like 'country' to a more specific locale like state or maybe even city). Zip codes are infrequently used as narrowing criteria that specifically often returns no entries.
Entering a complete name (first, middle and last or middle initial) should produce fewer matches while entering only a last name will return several possibilities - useful for people who might have used a variety of forms of their names (Susan, Suzanne, Suzy, Susie, Sue) and who may have changed addresses a few or several times. If a person is found from a broad (last-name) search, try entering the exact name that was found as another search attempt (in the current database and on other search sites).
Search your own name. (Don't worry if you appear in the obits. It's not you!)
More often than not phone numbers and residential addresses of famous people, politicians and others holding office will not be found searching most public databases.
Reverse Search by Phone Number
On websites providing reverse searches, it is possible to enter a phone number to search for the person or business to whom the number is assigned or registered.
As with people, phone numbers must have been picked up by a search robot in order for them to be 'findable' in an information repository.
Best results are achieved when using landline or quasi permanent telephone numbers as opposed to cell-phone digits because the former tend to be more static than transient cell #s that either change frequently or never existed long enough for them to be picked up on the worldwide web. Business numbers tend to have more longevity than personal ones simply because people are more transient than companies.
Excluding the NSA ;) by far Google sports the largest store of data on people, making it the most popular 'search engine' for looking up all things personal including phone numbers. Google your own phone number to see what comes up. Google those of family and friends in several search sites to compare availability and accuracy. Once a reliable source has been located, press the control key + D to bookmark the page to find it easily the next time a phone number needs to be reversed.
Reverse Search by Address
Address reverse search works the same way as phone-number reverse. Enter a complete address on a website offering reverse address search like whitepages.com/reverse-address and 411.com/reverse-address.
Be aware that in searching for websites that provide reverse searches that listings appearing at the very top of the SERPs (search-engine return pages) are usually advertisements placed there by the website owner (like Google). The sites represented by ads rarely provide free searching and if they do the results are substantially limited and only serve as teasers to paid assitance.
An address search on Whitepages returned a surprisingly detailed set of data:
The data of course is offered with an agenda which suggests purchasing "the full story and access public records with background check reports powered by SmartCheck".
People Search Background Check
Online background checks and services can be surprisingly comprehensive - as compared to results of just 10 years ago. 'People search' has always been at the top of the popularity polls of online activities and that has spurned literally thousands of people getting involved in digging up info morsels to feed prying web surfers.
As years have passed pen and paper outfits like county court houses, state and federal agencies and police departments exposed their hidden facts by 'computerizing' - placing their archive secrets online for all to see.
Checks can be valuable to people considering relationships with others for romance, employment and investing, to name a few of the most common sought-after reports.
At backgroundchecks.com you can run a check on yourself as well as others. (Actually that is a 'landing page' for peoplefinders.com to which you would be redirected if you pursue a search.)
Heads up. The deeper you care to dig, the more it might cost. Bits of data are spoon fed, each with a price tag for potentially learning more. Perhaps it's worthwhile if you find what you're looking for whether it be peace of mind, avoiding heartache or financial loss.
One thing for sure: The Internet has spawned a green slime which blankets the WWW with every conceivable con game imaginable.
About British UK People Search
BT London is one of England's leading providers of telecommunications services. Its principal activities include local, national and international services in the United Kingdom, higher-value broadband and Internet products and services, and IT solutions.
Use the search function above to find a person in England. This is free United Kingdom people search is provided by British Telecomm. Search in London, Birmingham, Nottingham...
In the UK, Britain's Telecomm Service serves over 21 million corporate and residential customers with more than 28 million exchange lines, as well as providing network services to other licensed operators.
British Tech's Group strategy is to create value for shareholders through being the best provider of communications services and solutions for everybody in the UK and England, and for corporate customers in Europe, achieving global reach through partnership.
BT consists principally of four lines: Retail, Wholesale, Global Search Services and People Great Britain.
Currently there are no online services for searching England for cell phone numbers, toll-free numbers or unlisted telephone numbers. The usual searches for reverse phone search, reverse email address search and reverse address lookup are available from several online sources. These functions may also be performed using People Search Global's WebSeekPro search software.
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