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What is Reverse
Email Lookup?

Every day, the world’s 3.9 billion email users do more than send emails.

People use email addresses to sign up for a social media account, shop online, register a website, comment on discussion boards and much more. Just as a phone number can identify someone in the physical world, an email address identifies them in the digital one.

But with 293 billion emails being sent daily, how do you know every email that lands in your inbox is from a legitimate person or business? A reverse email lookup can potentially help you understand who may be contacting you and for what purpose.

Number of sent and received emails per day worldwide
2017 to 2023 (in billions)
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How does email address search work?

Ever Googled an email address to find the owner of the account, and came up empty-handed? Search engines can only identify someone by email if the address appeared on a public platform, such as Facebook or Twitter. Even then, search engines often fail to identify the true account holder.

Unlike phone numbers, there are no “yellow pages” and “white pages” for email addresses. You don’t have to give your real name or prove your identity to open an email account. There are no area codes in an email address to give you clues about the owner’s location. It’s hard to find someone by email when there’s no central email directory.

BeenVerified’s reverse email lookup goes beyond search engines to sift through tons of public records to help you look up who may have sent you a message. An email address can unlock useful information about the sender’s background and identity.

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How can I use email search?

A reverse email search could help you clear up the mystery behind unknown emails, but it’s useful in other ways, too. Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations?

  • You get a group email or invite from your homeowner’s association or other social group. A reverse email lookup may help you identify the other people on the list and save you from a potentially embarrassing “reply all” situation.
  • You’re exchanging emails with a potential match from an online dating site and you’re ready to meet in person. An email lookup tool may confirm the person’s identity and other key details before you arrange a date.
  • You've lost touch with an old coworker but you still have her work email. An email address search could reveal your colleague's current contact information so you can reconnect.
  • You’re emailing an online seller about a potential transaction. An email address lookup might help you learn more about the person and his business reputation.

Better protect yourself with email address search

Cyber criminals routinely use email and count on the fact that you won’t recognize an email attack. During a phishing attack, one of the most common email scams, the scammer pretends to represent a legitimate business to get you to open an email and unwittingly download malware that steals your personal data.

One study showed that 97% of consumers couldn’t identify a phishing scam, which may be why 30% of all phishing emails are opened by the targeted victim. The average email user receives 16 malicious emails every month, so chances are high you’ll eventually be targeted.

A BeenVerified reverse email search may help you identify phony email addresses and potential email scams.

Top 10 countries of origin for daily number of spam emails sent January 2023

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How to use BeenVerified email lookup

Simply type an email address into the search bar and tap enter. BeenVerified looks at multiple databases to find potential name and identity matches and may even pinpoint the sender’s location.

Knowing the sender’s location may help you determine whether to open the message. For example, if you get an email from an unknown sender in the city where your parents live, it could be a neighbor trying to get in touch.

BeenVerified screens dozens of social media sites to find profile matches which may reveal photos, education and employment information, associates, neighbors and relatives. We search for contact information, including aliases, phone numbers and alternate email addresses. Finally, a BeenVerified report may also contain court records for possible criminal and civil cases if they're available.

If there's an email match, your search will pull all the available information about an email account holder into one report within moments.

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Information in a BeenVerified email search report

BeenVerified looks at publicly available data sources to find information about the owner of an email address. Your report may potentially include information, such as:

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Real name, aliases and approximate age

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Current and previous address and property information

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Contact information

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Social media profiles

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Education, job and employer info

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Names of possible relatives and associates

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Criminal records

Your email search is completely private, and the sender doesn’t receive a notification when you run a report.

Know your email rights

It’s not against the law for businesses and individuals to send you an email, but you have rights when it comes to the messages you receive. Businesses must comply with the following rules in the CAN-SPAM Act if they use email marketing:

  • Emails must include the sender’s name and the name and address of the business.
  • The subject line should honestly describe the message’s purpose.
  • The sender must disclose that it is a promotional email.
  • There must be an option to opt-out of future emails and the company has to honor an opt-out request within 10 days.

Companies that violate the CAN-SPAM Act can be fined up to $42,530 for each email not in compliance.

Threatening or harassing emails are a matter for law enforcement. Most states have laws against cyberstalking and cyberbullying.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Reverse Email Lookup?

A reverse email lookup is an online tool that can potentially help users figure out who may be contacting them and for what purpose, especially if it's from an unfamiliar or suspicious-looking email address.

How can I find out who owns an email address?

To use a reverse email lookup tool like the one from BeenVerified, type an email address into the search bar and press "enter." The tool will look at hundreds of databases to find potential name and identity matches and may even pinpoint the sender’s location.

Can I find someone's phone number by their email address?

A reverse email search may also include phone numbers associated with the sender's email address if that information is available.

Can I find someone's address by their email address?

An email search may potentially turn up current and previous address and property information that's associated with the sender.

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