Do you get random phone calls from a mysterious “Private Caller”?
You are not alone. As the number of spammers, scammers, and telemarketers increases each day, so do the flood of unwanted private callers to your smartphone. And chances are, there is a reason they’re hiding their identity when they call.
Who or what is a private caller?
A private caller is a person who has hidden or otherwise obfuscated their phone number. Typically, their calls will display on your phone as:
- Private Caller
- No Caller ID
Private callers can range from someone you may know, such as an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend, your local mechanic, or a scam artist posing as the IRS.
Some private calls are innocent and can contain important information. For instance, doctors probably do not want their personal phone number shared to avoid patients calls during the off-work hours.
Unfortunately, most of these private callers do not have good intentions. Calls from private numbers are common with current or former romantic partners, business competitors, harassers, and phone scammers. Calling someone from a private number is a popular strategy to avoid identification, getting someone on the phone who may not have answered if they recognized the phone number, or contacting someone who has already tried to block the caller.
Many private callers believe that calling someone from a private number will prevent them from getting caught or held accountable for their ill-intentioned calls. But as you will read, that is not actually true, especially with apps like TrapCall that unmask the number behind these calls
How to Place a Call from a Private Number
There are a few ways callers can place calls from private numbers. The oldest trick in the book is dialing *67 before a phone number you wish to call. The steps are as follows:
- Dial *67.
- Enter the full phone number you intend to call. ( Make sure to include the area code! )
- Tap the Call button. The words “Blocked”, “No Caller ID”, or “Private” or some other indicators will appear on the recipient’s phone instead of your mobile number.
Callers can also block their outbound Caller ID by turning it off on their call “Settings” on their mobile phone. By setting it up this way, their smartphones automatically dial *67 on all outbound phone calls. This way, all calls placed will appear as unavailable.
Lastly, callers can call from private numbers using phone spoofing. Phone spoofing is the practice of calling someone from a fake phone number or a blocked phone number.
Using popular services such as SpoofCard, private callers can choose what caller ID appears when they place an outbound call. For example, a caller could spoof their phone number to call from a phone number with a local area code or show their caller ID as “Private”.
Is there a surefire way to reveal private callers?
Though emergency hotlines like 911 can unmask blocked calls as well, TrapCall is the only mobile app that unmasks the phone number behind private callers.
TrapCall can unmask any private caller. We can even unmask the private caller’s full name and address on our Premium and Ultimate plans. If you don’t believe us, try calling us from a blocked number to see TrapCall’s magic at *67-334-212-5001!
Click here to see how easy it is to unmask blocked calls with TrapCall.
How Can I Effectively Block Private Callers?
Blocking private callers or Unknown Numbers is sort of possible using your iPhone or Android’s default functionality, but not without unintended side effects.
If you’re using an iPhone, you can block calls from everyone who’s not on your contact list by doing the following:
- Go to “Settings”
- Open “Do Not Disturb”
- Slide on “Manual”
- Tap on “Allow Calls From”
- Select “All Contacts”
If you’re using an Android phone:
- Go to the dial screen
- Tap “Settings”
- Tap “Call Blocking”
- Tap “Block List”
- Select “Block Anonymous Calls”
This solution will work beautifully if your goal is to block callers who call you from either a Blocked, No Caller ID, or Private number. However, as you may have noticed, this solution will also block any incoming calls from phone numbers that are not saved in your contacts.
This solution will prevent you from receiving important phone calls from your pharmacy, your doctor, a new job offer, and school updates if their phone numbers are not already saved as a contact in your phone.
Because of this, the best solution is to download an app for Android or iOS that can reveal the identity of unfamiliar or private callers and allow the option to only block the phone numbers you do not wish to hear from.
Go Beyond Unmasking Private Callers with TrapCall
It’s true that it’s important to reveal the true identity of the private caller you’re receiving blocked calls from for peace of mind, but what you do with that information is of even greater importance.
TrapCall is the #1 rated Private Call unmasking and blocking app for iOS & Android. Not only is TrapCall the only app to effectively reveal and block private callers – it equips you with the tools needed to take action against the caller if you wish to do so.
TrapCall will allow you to:
- Reveal who called you from a private number: Including their name, address, and a photo when available.
- Blacklist their phone number to ensure that your phone doesn’t even ring when they call you.
- Keep a record of spammers/harassers.
- Record conversations to hold the private caller accountable.
TrapCall’s ability to unmask private calls allows you to put the power back in your hands and gives you peace of mind. TrapCall is a simple and inexpensive solution that provides you the confidence and ability to always know who’s calling.