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How to Hide a Phone Number When Placing a Call. In today’s communication frenzied, security-conscious world, finding effective ways to secure your identity are essential. Most cell and residential phones in use are equipped with caller identification systems that reveal the origin of your call. However, there are a few techniques you can use to block your phone number and name on all outgoing calls or with selected calls.
Why would you need to know how to hide a number when placing a call?
There are a number of reasons you may wish to hide your number when making calls, some of which can be potentially quite dangerous, so it’s important to recognise some of the ways your personal information can be used, and why you would want to hide your number when making a call.
How often does this happen to you? A strange call comes through and the person (or bot) on the other end of the line doesn’t leave a message. Anyone from your credit card company to your doctor to, yes, an annoying robocaller could be behind that string of digits.
To avoid the call is to miss out on potentially valuable information, but you don’t want to spark even more unknown calls.
Maybe you have answered or even called back robocallers and spammers a few times. Well, here’s the bad news: Your number is on a list, or lots of them, now. These lists show robocallers that your number is active and leads to an uptick in calls.
In many cases, these companies make extra money selling the phone numbers they’ve acquired while conducting their “business.”
One of the biggest risks of sharing your number online doesn’t come from robocalls. Those are generally just annoying and scammy — but hackers pose a unique and persistent threat to all types of private data.
One of the worst and most common phishing schemes actually involves stealing a legitimate phone number and using it to sign up for services, or even take over your phone account.
You’ll even see hackers reverse engineer your phone number to harass you at work or at home. Criminals can spoof your number to hide their true identities while they bombard other people with calls.
So how do you protect your personal information?
Dial *67 before or *141 in the UK you call someone who you don’t want to see your phone number. This blocks your number and connects your call without revealing your identity. This is a free service but can only be used for outgoing calls to businesses and individuals. It will not work for toll-free numbers or emergency services. It is also important to note that if the recipient has unmasking technology on their smartphone, they may still be able to view your number.
Contact your phone carrier and request a complete line block for a more permanent solution. With this option, you conceal your identity on every call you make. You can temporarily disable this feature by dialing #82.
These days, if you’re using a smartphone, whether that’s iPhone or Android will have caller ID settings. Go to settings in your phone, and you can adapt these to meet your individual needs. While it’s easy enough to turn caller ID off and on as required, this is quite a tedious process, and requires you to constantly double check current settings. You should also be aware not all carriers support this. If it’s important to protect your privacy on a particular call, make sure this feature is available before dialing.
It’s probably useful to confirm your service is working periodically. The best way to test this is to call another phone with caller ID turned off and view the results. Contact your phone carrier immediately if you find your caller ID blocking service is not working.
A virtual phone number, also known as DID or access number, is a telephone number that is not directly associated to a telephone line. These numbers are often programmed to forward incoming calls to one of the pre-set telephone numbers chosen by the client; either Landline, Mobile or VoIP.
Virtual phone numbers can be registered with an international, local or toll free area code and can be customised to provide the perfect vanity number. ConXhub boasts one of the industry’s largest inventories of virtual phone numbers with hundreds of thousands of options to choose from across 9000+ cities from 62+ countries around the globe.
Local phone numbers represent a specific region, city or county/state which is identified by their 3 digit area code. Local phone numbers are a great way to establish a local presence within a community whether you have a physical presence there or not.
With ConXhub, you may register as many local phone numbers as needed, in as many different localities as required. It doesn’t matter if you are in a big city like Chicago (312) or a small town such as Key West (786), we have local phone numbers available for everyone.
Toll free phone numbers begin with the area codes like: 800. Traditionally the owner of the toll free numbers is charged for the call and the caller is not billed. However, ConXhub does not charge any additional fees for toll free usage to either our customers or the originating caller.
You may also choose a custom toll free phone number that spells a word, phrase or a specific sequence of digits. These toll free numbers are known as vanity phone numbers and are also available for selection.
Local rate phone numbers usually start ‘0845…’ or ‘0844…’ in the UK. Calling a local rate number from a landline or mobile phone can be up to 7p per minute plus an access charge which is set by your phone company. Businesses tend to use local rate numbers when they want to keep the cost of calling relatively low.
National Phone Numbers which in the UK start with 03 for example are numbers not attached to any specific Town or City and can be dialled for one simple price across the whole of a country. These numbers will give you a national presence.
Using ConXhub you can have as many National Phone numbers as you require.
These numbers start ‘0870…’ or ‘0871…’ in the UK and give your business a national presence. As these numbers are billed to the caller at a national rate (up to 13p per minute from a landline or mobile phone plus an access charge), they can generate an income for you.
For regulatory purposes, national rate numbers are treated similarly to premium rate numbers (see below), so to operate one you need to make sure you meet the rules.
Premium rate numbers, which start ’09…’ in the UK, cost anything up to £3.60 per minute plus an access charge – which can be as much as £6 – to call from a landline or mobile phone. They’re often used for competitions or by businesses that want to generate significant revenue through call charges.
Many companies find that using them sends a clear message to customers: ‘don’t call us’! Strict regulations govern the use of premium rate numbers too – you need to make sure you follow the code of practice published by Phone-paid Services Authority, the UK regulatory body.
ConXhub can supply any type of number for any purpose and in conjunction with its award winning patented outbound call service gives business a formidable advantage over competitors.
Understanding further how to keep your number and other personal information safe.
Caller ID is a standard feature of cell phones, and most of the landline phones are also equipped with it. Using this feature, you can find out the number and name of the person who calls you. However, a caller can prevent his name and number from being revealed on the caller ID by dialing a specific code before making the call. As a result, you will see “unknown” or “withheld” on your caller ID screen. When you receive any such call, you might want to find out who it’s from before receiving.
Contact your network carrier and find out if they offer “Anonymous Call Rejection” service. For most network carriers, such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, you can activate anonymous call rejection by dialing “*77.” Activating the feature will send a voice message to the withheld caller letting him know that the call recipient doesn’t accept withheld calls. The voice message will tell the caller to dial a particular number to reveal his number.
Find out if your network carrier offers the service of “Privacy Director.” This feature can intercept all “unidentified,” “withheld,” “unavailable” or “out of the area” calls before your phone rings. AT&T provides this service. You can subscribe to it for a monthly fee.
Do not answer the call and let it go to your voice mail. The caller might leave his name. Another option is to pick up the phone and politely request the caller to reveal his identity.
Spoofing is a term used for someone faking the caller ID information that’s sent when he places a call. It can be used for harmless pranks or for anonymity for innocent purposes, but it can also be used by fraudsters to impersonate someone else or to disguise a true phone number. If you suspect someone is calling you from a fake number, ask to return the call to the person or the organization he represents — at a well-known phone number. If you think a crime is being committed, consider calling the authorities.
Normally when you receive a phone call on a modern cellphone or landline phone, the caller ID display will indicate the number of the person calling you and potentially the name of an associated person or business. Knowing who’s calling can help you decide how to greet a caller or whether to let a particular call go to voicemail.
Unfortunately, the system for transmitting caller ID information isn’t built for security, and it’s possible for a caller to send fake identifying information. This can be done to anonymize a call, sometimes sending obviously fake numbers such as ones consisting of all zeros, but it can also be done as a way to deceive the person getting the call.
In some cases, people attempt to call from numbers similar to the one they’re calling in order to get call recipients’ attention and make it seem as though a neighbor could be calling. In other cases, they might impersonate well-known numbers such as those associated with banks, utility companies or government agencies.
Because of caller ID spoofing, it’s important not to put too much trust in what your caller ID shows. If you receive a call claiming to be from an organization demanding money or your personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, be wary. Ask to call back the person on the other end of the line, and call back at a well-known, published number for that organization. Search the organization’s website or look at literature you might have from the organization, such as a bill or the back of a credit or debit card, to find the best number to use.
Keep in mind that organizations like banks, police departments and the Internal Revenue Service won’t call demanding immediate payment of money over the phone. Legitimate organizations will also understand your desire to keep yourself safe and won’t object to your returning a call if you’re not sure everything is on the up-and-up. Try not to panic if you receive an alarming call before you determine if it’s in fact legitimate.
If you suspect a call is fraudulent, you can report it to your local police department or to the Federal Trade Commission. Another option is to contact your phone company for help. Many provide technology to help you block particular numbers and to filter out what appear to be scam calls. You may also be able to find apps for your smart phone to block numbers and detect likely scams.
Toll-free numbers, such as 1-800 numbers in the United States, receive slightly different information than ordinary numbers when they receive a call. They receive additional information about the caller’s number through a system called automated number identification, or ANI, since they’re responsible for footing the bill for the call and must have reliable information to know their bills are correct.
Some telephone companies and investigative agencies use what’s called a “phone trap line” to detect fraudulent calls by looking for discrepancies between caller ID and ANI information.
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