How to Do a Reverse Email Lookup for Free

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a computer expert in order to do a reverse email lookup for free. The truth is that it’s easier than ever to track down the origin or owner of an email address as long as you know what to do. Follow along to see how you can trace an email address to its owner without spending a dime!

Instructions:

1. Start out by using an internet search engine such as Google or Yahoo to do an exact match, quoted search for the email address. In the search engine input box, you simply type the name of the unknown email address inside quotation marks. For example, you would enter “email@website.com” into the search query box. This returns an exact-match to your query and shows all of the websites where this email appears, exactly as you typed it. This is useful because many times people register for profiles on social networking sites, and numerous other sites. With the amount of material that search engines index, there is a good chance that you can find a website where someone entered their email and didn’t realize that it would be searchable information, and this can help you track down the sender or owner of the email address.

2. Visit popular social networking sites like Myspace or Facebook and search for profiles containing that email address. Search engines don’t always index all of the content on websites, so there’s a chance that a profile may still exist with that email address on a social networking site. If you find a profile match to the email that you’re searching then you can investigate it further to find out more information about the owner.

3. Go to the root domain of the email address and try to search for a profile or ownership information. For example, if the email address is “email@website.com,” go to “website.com” and use their search function to track down any information about the owner of the email address.

4. Try using a free reverse email lookup or background check website. There are a number of websites that specialize reverse email searches and background checks that provide a fair amount of free information about a person and their associated email addresses. Many of these sites allow you to search their database for free and only charge for more detailed information.

5. Send an email to the address and see if you get a response. While this may seem like common sense, it’s something that many people often overlook. If you haven’t had any luck tracing the email address you have luck sending an email asking the owner to identify themselves. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t get a response, and it doesn’t cost you any money to try.

Tips:

Due to the anonymous nature of the internet, there are instances where you won’t be able to trace the owner of an email address no matter what you do. In these cases, it’s best to just block the email address entirely. Most popular email programs allow you to blacklist certain email addresses, and prevent them from continually appearing in your email inbox. This can help to dramatically limit spam and reduce clutter in your inbox.

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