Most of us associate prank calls with pre-teen or teenage years. Unfortunately, this strange pastime can carry into adulthood and become an annoying and sometimes threatening act for those on the other end of the phone.
The First Ever Prank Call
The very first prank call dates back to 1800s. Paul Collins, otherwise known as “The Literary Detective,” found the following excerpt from a newspaper report in 1884:
“A Grave Joke on Undertakers – Some malicious wag at Providence, R.I., has been playing a grave practical joke on the undertakers there, by summoning them over the telephone to bring freezers, candlesticks and coffin for person alleged to be dead. In each case the denouement was high farcical, and the repeated corpses are now hunting in a lively manner for that telephonist.”
Unlike back then, you can go on the offensive against prank callers and stop the madness. PeopleFinders.com allows you to perform a reverse phone lookup and find the culprit that won’t stop dialing you. Type in that phone number to get access to the name, address and other relevant details of the prankster.
Fighting Back Against Prank Calls
When an unwanted caller dials your phone number, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is how did they get this number? In many cases, your prank caller is someone that knows you or knows of you. While a prank call from time to time can be chalked up to teenagers and a rite of passage, a consistent prank caller is a sign of trouble. If the prank caller is saying something threatening or is trying to obtain information, he/she could pose a real threat.
Regardless of the caller’s intent, repeated prank calls can be dealt with by doing a reverse phone lookup. This will help you finally put a name to the individual causing you grief.
How Can a Reverse Phone Lookup Help Me?
Once you finally obtain the caller’s information, it is a fair question to ask how this will help. Knowing the name of the individual that is prank calling you can actually help the calls to stop. Imagine answer the phone and saying “Hello Fred.” Fred will be in such shock that you called him by name that he might be too afraid to ever call again. The caller is relying on anonymity. Just by learning their true identity, you take away much of their power. In severe cases, you can take your new found knowledge to the police and request a restraining order.