Friday, April 16, 2021

How to Use an Email Lookup

How to Use an Email LookupIn 2019, the number of email users in the U.S. came very near 245 million. That is a number that’s projected to grow by at least ten million this year. Each of these current and future users have at least one email address; many have two or more.

What can we conclude from such figures? That just about everybody in the U.S. has an email address (most adults, that is). This means that email addresses have become just as viable a way to contact someone as any phone number or mailing address.

It also means that, via an email lookup, you can find out more information about a person or business, starting by entering just the email address associated with them. With an email lookup, you can:

-Identify a sender

-Stop phishers

-Locate old friends and family members


See if a Sender is Someone You Know

In some cases, an email address’s owner will be relatively easy to identity, as their actual name is part of the address. But in many other cases, an email address will not be so explicit. After all, people often use rather esoteric phrases and letter-number combinations to create distinctive email addresses.

With an email lookup, you can enter the full email address and see if the owner of the address is actually someone you know. With that figured out, then you also know if you can safely respond to the email or if you should just delete it.

Stop Phishing Attempts

Very shortly after email was created, it seems, the act of phishing began. And with email being such a popular way to correspond these days, there is no way that phishing will slow down anytime soon. If anything, scam emails have actually ramped up, due primarily to the relatively high success rate they have been able to achieve.

An email lookup can reveal if the owner of an email address is a real person or business, or if they’re a scammer trying to steal your money or identity. Once you’ve confirmed the legitimacy or illegitimacy of a marketing email, you can either feel safe to click on the links in it (after hovering your cursor over them to make sure they’re going to a valid site, of course), or you can delete it or report it to initiate an investigation and hopefully stop the scammer.

Find Old Friends or Relatives

An old email address may be the only contact information you have for an old friend or estranged relative. But fortunately, that address should still be connected to that person and, ultimately, all the current contact information associated with them now.

Enter that old address into the email lookup search fields, and you could see the owner’s name. From there, you can search that person’s public information for a current email address, phone numbers, and mailing address. This gives you a variety of options to reach out and reconnect.


For its accessibility and convenience, email has rightfully become a popular way to correspond. There are other unexpectedly good things about it, like enabling renewed connections with past loved ones. And there are bad things, like phishing. In either case, an email lookup is there to help.

For more tips and advice on ways to find someone or protect yourself from scammers, be sure to read more on the PeopleFinders blog.

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Nissa has been the Digital Copywriter for PeopleFinders since 2018. She loves researching new topics, and then providing readers with information that is (hopefully) interesting and helpful.

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