You have received a message from an email address that does not appear to be saved in your address book.Before opening it, however, you would like to try to trace the owner of the address in question so as to avoid unpleasant surprises.You are wise to be cautious, even if you do not have to be paranoid and hastily conclude that a stalker or a dangerous cybercriminal is behind the message.Probably it’s just an acquaintance, a customer or a friend of friends who somehow came to know your electronic address.
In any case, if you want, in the next paragraphs of this guide I can explain to you, within the limits of the possible, how to know who an email address belongs to.There are various tools, which can be useful for this purpose, but I want to tell you right away that none of these can give you the certainty of being able to complete your “business”.As they say in these cases, however, trying does not harm!
How do you know whom an email address belongs to?
Let’s see, first of all, how do you know who an email address belongs to. As I said before, the first way to complete this operation is to do online research.
If, for example, a name and/or a surname is referred to in the address you are considering (e.g. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), it is likely that the email address belongs to a user who has that name and surname (even if the use of fancy names is not to be excluded).
If, on the other hand, the email address you are interested in refers to a company, it is likely to be used by some professional operating in the organization indicated in the suffix. Let’s take a practical example: for an address like email@example.com, it’s almost certain that the address is headed by a member of the recruitment team of the company “SBCGlobal”.
To find out as to whom the email address belongs to, you can do a search on Google.
Search on Google
As it may seem “trivial” as a tool, doing a search on Google could be a very effective solution to be able to trace back to whom an e-mail address belongs.Clearly, you will be able to find some reference concerning the email address in question only if on the big network, actually, there is some trace that leads back to its owner.
To search for an email address on Google, go to the main page of the famous search engine, click on the search field under the “Big G” logo and enter the email address of your interest (if you want to find an exact match, remember to write it in quotation marks). Then click on the Google Search button or press Enter on the keyboard.
Once you have reached the page containing the search results, check for references to the identity of the person to whom the email address in question belongs.If the latter has written it on a Web page, you may be able to find some “traces” concerning his identity (e.g. the link to a social profile, his personal blog, etc.).
If the search has not produced positive results, try searching for the email address in question using the form username at provider.com or username snail provider.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org. In fact, it may be that the user has written his or her address using the first form to escape the action of the spambots or the software that captures the email addresses present on the Web. For more information go to SBCglobal Mail Settings, SBCglobal Net Email Login