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If you have ever missed a call from an unknown number, you know how difficult it can be to track down its owner. Since cell phone numbers are not typically listed in public databases, it can be next to impossible to figure out who is calling you. Fortunately, for those of us who do not want to hit redial and end up talking to a telemarketer, or worse, there are a handful of options to help figure out who is behind the call. The most popular method is to use a reverse cell phone lookup service, such as White Pages. Reverse lookup sites like ours at SearchMachine will query a database to find the personal information of the caller. While a few sites offer these services for free, most charge a fee to view the details. Since cell phone numbers can easily be transferred between carriers and customers, reverse lookups are not always accurate, and may actually provide you with the information about the wrong person. When they are correct, however, they are typically able to give you a complete overview of the owner, including name, address, and sometimes a background check report. Another option is to look up the number in question on Facebook. If the caller has linked their phone number to their Facebook profile, it will show up in a search. Unfortunately, this method has drawbacks similar to those of reverse lookup services. Numbers are often reused between carriers, and not everyone updates their Facebook profile on a regular basis. Depending on their privacy settings, the number may not appear in searches at all. Occasionally, it is possible to find the owner of a number through a regular search engine like Google or Bing. A cell number associated with a business or company will often be public record, but personal and residential numbers are sometimes made available as well. Again, the results may be inaccurate as people may keep the same number while changing addresses, or the number may have been transferred to someone else. Telemarketers frequently change their numbers to avoid detection, which can point you further in the wrong direction. It might take multiple tries, and several different search engines, before coming up with a result. Specialized deep web search engines like SearchMachine may be more useful in this type of situation. Until a universal public database of cell phone numbers is available, options for tracking calls are few. If you do not have a lot of free time to spend sleuthing around the web, reverse lookup sites are your best bet for tracking down mysterious callers.