reply to post by liejunkie01
I have found several ways around "restricted" numbers. Ironically, sometimes dialing *69 to call it back will indeed reveal numbers on occasion.
Also, I have a call block on my landline. Yes, I still have one of those antiques. I also have a VERY outdated phone company, and they actually leased
old long distance lines from AT&T and simply run their local phone company through those leased lines.
Needless to say, there have been countless issues from running their business as such, but some of the more intriguing ones have worked for my
benefit. When they finally added the call block feature in around 2006, (I told you, wayyy behind the times, very rural area, we just got DSL in
2009!), the cool part was if you had restricted the call using various features such as dialing to hide the number, call block would add the call to
the list. I could then play back my list to edit or remove calls from my list, and lo and behold, there was the number!
Back then, a majority of calls were still land lines, and from most companies and corporations still are. These are easy to reverse lookup in
Also, if you are getting multiple annoyance calls, and have blocked them, they tend to start resorting to other numbers. Unscrupulous telemarketers
have been known to spoof other numbers which may or may not belong to an unwitting third, innocent party. It always a good idea to be certain with
whom you are dealing before you place any calls, investagatory, or otherwise.
I do not discount the OP entirely, because there are ways, and it depends on what the definition of "is", is.
It could be that his (the friends') definition of "restricted" meant in name only, and the OP made assumptions. No one asked, so, let's ask. OP, did
you clarify with your friend, was restricted name only, or was it the number, as well? So now, we will await the answer.
One more thing to keep in mind, you can pay various online entities to return a name on a reverse lookup number, but once again, you have to have the
number. Fees range from 1.99 and up, and can be full reports to a simple text to number, with the charge added to your phone bill. These are to be
used with caution, however, as the information is not always reliable. Especially with cell phones, but mainly because shady people change cell
numbers as often as their underwear!
ETA: I forgot to mention. If you are receiving calls on a cellphone that someone is dialing a number to hide their identity, *sometimes*, if you have
an online web account to check your phone activity, this will reveal the incoming numbers, as well.
edit on 5-11-2013 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)