You’ve been getting a series of emails from an unknown sender and your curiosity is piqued. You want to know if it’s something important or just spam that’s going to clog your hard drive if you keep ignoring it. Or, worse yet, it could be something that would infect your computer with malware if you open it. In addition, the emails might be from someone you don’t know and want to learn more about. However, approaching them directly may feel awkward. So, what are your options?
There are many people search websites, which promise to reveal a sender’s identity via reverse email lookup. Some of them are legitimate, while others aren’t. From the screening resource UnMask, we have learned that the best services are very effective at showing whom an email belongs to. Moreover, according to this service, the best screening services also make good on their promise to provide access to comprehensive databases, giving them the ability to scan domain names, social networks, and other online documents. This can help you find any information associated with an email address.
Some of these providers will ask you to register and sign in to access the search results. In addition, others will falsely advertise a free search. Once you do a search, they will deliver no results, asking you to subscribe to a monthly plan instead.
Look in Your Address Book
Few people add every single email they get to their address book. As a result, we have hundreds of emails in our inboxes, and our email provider recognizes only some of them. However, you might have forgotten an address you saved a while ago. Looking in your address books might help recognize the sender. It will also help to read the subject line. Many people include their names in the subject line, especially if they’re sending an email from a new address. You might recognize something about the name in the part before the “@.”
Finding the Sender’s Location
This can help get you farther. Look at “Received: from” in the message header. After this, there’s an IP address listed. If you see more than one entry, look at the last one. Use “You Get Signal” or another trace tool and you’ll get a rough idea of the sender’s location.
Reverse Email Lookup
Reverse email lookup helps to reveal an email sender’s identity and background, which is exactly what you want. These apps or sites ask you to enter an email address and then show you the matches if there are any. Some providers of reverse email lookup services can also retrieve the sender’s social media information and phone number.
Eventually, their identity is also revealed.
Thanks to their connections to public search engines and databases, these apps are becoming increasingly popular. They have vast directories, which help identify senders through connections to their background information. They can help you protect yourself by being informed about who’s trying to contact you.
Use Facebook and Google
The person who’s been emailing you might have a Facebook profile. You can enter their email in the search bar to check. However, not all social media offer this option – for example, LinkedIn doesn’t. Facebook will show any profiles linked to that email address. Moreover, there might be quite a few results. If you get a match that seems near-certain, you should download their profile photo.
Then, do a reverse image search on Google by clicking on the camera icon in the search engine and upload the photo. This way, you’ll see if they used the photo on another site, blog, or social medium.
Final Step: Check the Domain Name
If you haven’t looked at the name of the domain, you should do so – you may find that it looks familiar. Companies and individuals are now buying more domain names than ever. You might recognize the company, or it could be the private domain name of someone you know. The name might be similar to the name of your friend or loved one.
The steps outlined in this article will help you satisfy your curiosity or identify someone who’s been harassing you by email. Alternatively, you might find out which company has been requesting your personal information. Before giving it away, you must know whether you can trust them with it.