Today most communication takes place through the apps installed on our smartphones. But most official communications still happen through email.
While in such cases we know exactly who the senders are, there might be times when an email comes from an unknown source. Keep in mind that it's the Internet we're talking about, so there's no such thing called complete anonymity.
To confirm the identity of the person who sent you an email, you can either use the sender's email address or use the IP address of that email address to point out the possible location it originated from. Here in this post, we have brought you a few tricks to reveal the possible sender of an email. Here you go..
1. Google it!
As we all are aware what position Google has taken in our lives, there is nearly nothing that this amazing search engine can't find. If you have received an email from an anonymous source, the first thing you can do is copy paste the email address into the Google search bar and hit search.
If it is a spam, you are most likely to find some information about it.
2. Use Facebook to Reveal the Identity
As per the recent report, Facebook has approximately 1.71 billion monthly active users, and an email address is required to become a registered user. So there is a strong possibility that the email address might be also registered on Facebook.
You also should not forget that there are thousands of fake profiles, so you might not get the legitimate profile of the sender.
3. Do A People Search
This is another possible way you can try to get the sender's identity. All you need to do is enter the email id in either online people search engine tools like Pipl and Spokeo and hit search. If the email is a valid one, you are likely to get a result.
However, it is worth to note that you need to become a member to see the full result as it is a paid service.
4. Locate the Origin of the email address
When someone sends you an email, apart from their email address they also unknowingly share a whole lot of other information including the IP address. You can extract an IP address, open the email header by clicking on the 'Reply' button, and then click on 'Show Original.'
Once you have got the IP address, the rest is easy. Go to any IP address locator like IPLocation or Youngestsignal and search. This will accurately tell you the origin of the email.
5. Reverse Image Search
Several times, marketing scam emails might look like they're coming from an individual, and contain a picture in the signature area. In order to search the sender, you need to download the image and do a Google Image search. This might tell you a lot of information you need to know. You can also understand if it is a scam.