Have you ever received an email from an unknown sender and wondered who they are? It is a great idea to identify/ understand the person behind the email address before responding to the email, specially if it is business email as personalization is important for closing the deal.
The methods are on the order of easy to harder.
Search email address on Google
The easiest way to find the person behind the email address is by searching it on Google or search engines. If the email address is listed on any of the websites or publicly on social media profiles, you can find the person easily. Once your get the name, location, company name, and other details, you can do further searches to grab his/ her complete details.
However, if they haven’t used that email address on public platforms, you might not get any relevant results.
Use social media to gather more information.
Once you have found some basic information about the person behind the email address, you can use social media to gather more information. Start by searching for the person’s name on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Look for any profiles that match the information you have already found, and see if you can learn more about the person’s interests, job, or location. You may also be able to find mutual connections who can provide more information about the person.
What to do if the Facebook profile is locked? Do not worry. Go to Google Images search, click on the ‘Search by Image’ icon and upload the profile picture. Google show you if there are additional information on any of the websites.
You may use websites such as Knowem.
Use Email Reverse Search Tool to Find the Person
You can also use email search service providers such as Pipl or Spokeo to find the personal behind the email address. However, detailed report or advanced searches may require subscription.