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How do you trace private calls for free?

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Private calls to landlines and mobile phones can be traced for free with help from your phone company and local police department. Private cell phone calls can also be traced for free when a promotional code is used with a mobile app such as TrapCall.

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When an unwanted call is received, document information including the date and time of the call, the length of the call and what the caller says. In some states, you're legally allowed to record the harassing calls, too. Provide the data to your phone company, and file a police report. The phone company can enable tracing and instruct you to dial *57 or another code whenever harassing calls are received. When you dial the code immediately after receiving a private call, the caller's number is forwarded to the police. The police can then forward the number to you. When possible, the police also provide the name and address of the caller.

The mobile app TrapCall lets you trace private calls without involving the phone company or police. This app isn't normally free, but coupons can be found online.

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