Can You Call Private or Withheld Numbers?
Have you ever received a call from a private or withheld number? Maybe you ignored it, thinking that it was just another telemarketer. Or perhaps you answered it out of curiosity, only to be met with silence or a computer-generated voice. But have you ever wondered if you can call these types of numbers back?
The answer is, unfortunately, no. It is not possible to call back private or withheld numbers. These calls are made with a number-blocking feature, which intentionally hides the caller’s identity. This feature is available on both landlines and mobile phones.
Private or withheld numbers are most commonly used by telemarketers, debt collectors, and scammers. They use this feature to prevent you from knowing their phone number and thus avoiding any potential backlash or consequences. It also makes it more difficult for individuals to report unwanted calls to the authorities.
In some cases, private or withheld numbers may be used by individuals who wish to remain anonymous. For example, someone who is being stalked or harassed by another person may choose to block their number before making a call.
So, what should you do if you receive a call from a private or withheld number? Firstly, do not answer if you do not recognize the number. If it is an important call, they will likely leave a voicemail or try to call you back from a non-private number.
If you do answer and realize it is a telemarketer, debt collector, or scammer, do not engage with them. Hang up immediately and do not give them any personal information. If the calls continue, you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission or the National Do Not Call Registry.