There may be many reasons you, might want to look up a phone number and you might want to know the address and name of a company or any unknown person calling you to tease you or you might just want to look up a number to know if he/she belongs to your past friend list and you might have deleted that number by mistake. For this purpose a number of phone directories are available and most are used online. Some things you should look in a cell phone directory to get desired information without being stuck in scams;
The directory should be updated regularly:
It is completely useless to use a directory which has not been updated quite recently as the number you might want to use to look up in the directory might not have been entered in the directory and it is better to look for the government directories which are specific to each country as they are the ones where you can find latest information about phone numbers. If you go to a directory that has not been updated since last 2 years or so, do not use it.
Better not provide your identity:
There are many scams going on where there are websites claiming that they will give you the identity of the number but first you will have to enter your details or register an account asking your name, email address and phone number and it is better not to fall into this trap since these websites actually collect your data and then say; “Sorry we do not have this number in our directory” thus better not use the websites where you will have to disclose your identity.
Better to use a directory for free:
You are looking at a possible scam if you are asked to pay some money in order to find details about a phone number as it is not a huge deal to give you the basic information about a number for free as there are many websites and mobile applications built in order to find a number for free to you and give the basic details, thus if somebody is asking for payment, better not fall into the trap.
Use authentic websites:
It is better to look at the reputation of the phone directory as it might have great ratings or government links to look for a number.