How to identify who is calling you from that number

Drew explains how to find out who is calling you via an internet search.

Who is calling you from that number?

Are you constantly receiving calls from numbers you don’t recognise? You aren’t alone. Today, I received what seems to be a weekly ‘mystery’ call from an unknown number. The 02 8036 4732 number suggested the call was coming from New South Wales, but this isn’t always the case, as overseas operators are able to purchase Australian numbers to hook their services through.

The rise of nuisance calls in Australia has led to a large increase in Australians taking to Google to determine who is calling them. Follow my steps below to determine who is calling you and how to block a number on your mobile device.

Open Google on your web browser. Type in ‘Who is calling me from’ and then enter the number. For this example, we will use 02 8036 4732.

For this number, there are several sources giving us quality information on who has called me. The top link has ‘4 Complaints’ in the headline from a website called Reverse Australia. This particular website allows users to post information on exactly who the number relates to, and to allow other users to look it up. In this instance, the four responses didn’t answer our question.

The second link in your Google search list should be ‘Should I Answer’. In the description area, we are told there are three user reviews of this number, so this is worth visiting. Scrolling to the bottom, we find out from the third review that someone named ‘Foss’ has identified the caller as the charity company Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), although Foss spells it as ‘Medicans Sans Frontiers’.

If you no longer want to receive calls from this number, you can follow these steps to block the number on your smartphone.



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    14th Jul 2020
    these websites are not always that useful, many numbers are not identified, but worth a try
    14th Jul 2020
    For older people,answer phone sitting down if you WANT TO PICK UP,unknown number let it go.Dont be tempted.Get answering service.Therefore you able to listen calmly in YOUR time.
    Never commit on anything.Banks and postoffices never ask personel questions over phone or internet.Never mentioning your come and goings and were you live.Its a sad world somuch mistrust.But That Life.
    14th Jul 2020
    I am starting to get a lot of these calls on both my land line and my mobile. What I do is I answer but do not speak. if it is somebody that I know or a business that knows me they will say my name.
    But 100% of the time the line goes dead within seconds of me not speaking.
    15th Jul 2020
    I have my phone on silent and don't answer any calls. If they are for me and important the caller will leave a message and I'll call back. If not, it's a nuisance or sales call which I don't want. Problem solved!
    15th Jul 2020
    Same here,if its important they can to send message by voice or sms.
    16th Jul 2020
    You can have your name and number listed on the do not call register which you can do on-line or I think you can get a form from a Post Office (you used to be able to, I don't know about now) Unfortunately Politicians and Charities are exempt from the rules for that.If you get a stray number ask where they got your number from. Ask for the name of the person calling you, the name of the company if it applicable,write down also the date and time.
    I think you can report it to the Telecommunications Ombudsman.
    16th Jul 2020
    Medical places block their numbers for privacy reasons.
    I know a guy who had a loan with a particular company. He knew the voice of the guy from the company who would ask the customer for personal details. The customer told me this reply to the company guy was "you have my file with mt details in it, you tell me and I'll confirm whether or not you have my correct details".
    16th Jul 2020
    Same with so called phone companys like telstra. Home phone ring,this is telstra please confirm date of birth.They say we know the month ,please tell us the date.DONT.
    After asking them how do i know they telstra ,answer you can speak to my supervisor...
    Bullocks.Hang up and let them swim.
    13th Sep 2020
    I often dont answer, but if I do I dont say anything. I listen to the crap, and then ask, you do know who you are talking to? They say No, I say Fraud Squad is recording and tracing the call. They normally swear in English and get off the line so quickly!
    Its about time the Government stopped the system where anyone overseas or here can buy Australian phone numbers. You should not be able to buy numbers, unless you have a current ABN and a physical address in Australia.

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    15th Sep 2020
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