How to Find Person Behind the Email Address

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You got an email from an unknown sender and now you want to know about the person. You can directly ask via email. But, sometimes we find it hard or due to circumstances, we cannot ask directly to the person. Then how to know who is behind the strange email address? The process of identifying the person from email is known as reverse email lookup.The Internet is the great resource of finding anything. If the person has some online identity and used the email address on some forums and websites, you will easily find information about the person from Google. Simply, write email address in the search box and press enter. You will find so many useful information about the person from Google search. But what if the person never used the email id for any these kind of activity  Google can not help you enough and you need to perform something else.

Also see: Websites To Check If An Email Address Is Valid

How to Find Person Behind the Email Address

In this article, I will tell you how you can get information about the person just by having the email address. I have updated the article and removed the reverse lookup on Facebook because that option doesn’t work now.

1. Find the location of the person by Email Headers

The first thing which you can do is finding the location of the person. You can easily do it with the help of email header which contains the IP address of the sender. Open the email header and search for the entry “Received: from” followed by the IP address of the person. In case, you find multiple entries, use the last one. Now paste this IP address in the IP tracing tools and you will get the IP of the person.

But this method has a limitation. If the email has been sent by using GMail’s web interface, you will not get the original IP address of the person. As we know that IP addresses are sensitive information and can be used to get the location of a person. Gmail hides sender’s IP address information from outgoing mail headers. So, this method works only if the person used some private email servers.

2. Use Identity Search Tools

Use Identity Search Tools to find person behind email

Pipl is a nice identity search tool which can help you in finding a person. Identity search tools are used to find the online identity of a person by his name or email. It will give you the list of all available online profiles, blogs and website that are associated with that email accounts.  It also lists some images so that you get an idea about the person. With this tool, you can also search all the available profiles of a person from a country with the help of name and country. In most of the cases, this too brings better results

With this tool, you can also search all the available profiles of a person from a country with the help of name and country. In most of the cases, this too brings better results.

If the email address is real and is in use, you will surely get good results from this tool.

3. Use Reverse Email Lookup tools

There are various free and paid reverse email lookup tools are available. You can use these email lookup tools to search for a person by using the email address. These tools search for different websites and try to find out accounts related to that email. Before Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Facebook also allowed search via email. Now you cannot search on Facebook. So, you have to reply on these software.

These are few good email lookup tools

  1. Address Search
  2. Email Sherlock
  3. Intelius

Final Words

These were few ways that allow you to find more information about a person just by email address. Try these ways and see what works better for you. I hope Pipl will surely give you enough information about the person.

If you also know any method that I missed to note in the article, you can share that with us in comments. If you enjoyed reading this article, do not forget to share it with your friends.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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