Did you receive a promotional email, and you are trying to find out if the mail is truly from the company? Are you being spammed, harassed, or even threaten, and you want to find out more about the person sending you those emails?
If you answer yes, to any, or both of the questions above, then read on.
There is really no way to verify the real identity of the person sending you an electronic mail (email). This is because:
Email Service Providers will not help you.
Privacy is the core reason, why an email service provider will not deluge any information about the person sending you a mail, apart from the one the person has chosen to be public.
Think about it for a moment. Will you appreciate it if the email service provider you are using is telling others things about you? Probably not. In the same vain, they will not tell you none-public information about the sender of a mail you receive also.
From Might not be Truly from the Person you Think
You might say, I will collect the name of the sender’s email address, and look it up via Google search or social media search and other services.
Well, that is a good idea. But the fact is, in most cases, the sender’s email address probably might be a random word that the sender formulated. No email service provider will force anyone to use their real names as part of the email address they choose. For example, my real name is Abalagbeyiwa Ezekiel, but my email address is info @ ezefidelity.com.
However, because I have a big online presence, and Ezefidelity.com is uniquely mine, looking up that email address on Google for example, you will be shown different public website associated with Ezefidelity.com and not with Abalagbeyiwa Ezekiel.
If you decide to look up only info then you are in for a lot of none related results.
There is also something called, sender’s email address spoofing. What this means is that, I can mask my email address so that, instead of it showing info @ ezefidelity.com it will show something like, info @ cnn.com
Yes, this can be done. Virtually by anyone who wants to.
Senders IP Address might not Work for you
Some email service providers attach the IP address of the sender to the header of the emails they send you. If that is your case, you might reason, can’t I track the person using the IP address?
Well the simple answer is, No. Only governmental intelligence agencies have the authority and the tools needed to compel Internet Service Providers to release the needed information to pinpoint the exact location of an IP address.
What About IP Address Finder
IP address is not a GPS coordinate, so IP address location finder might not help you.
Granted, they can help you identify which Internet Service Provider (ISP) has the IP, and they can also help you identify which ISP cell towers the IP as pinged, but they cannot give you the exact location.
Also, you should know that IP address, identify a device connected to the internet at a certain time, and not the person that owned the device. And an IP address is not unique to a device. For example, the IP address your device is using to read this post might not be the same IP address it will use when you come back tomorrow to read this, same post. IP address changes.
People Finder Services might be a Waste of Money
There is numerous online service that claims that they can help you find someone. Well, this might be a waste of your time and money, because, most of them rely on public information they find about people online.
They have no real access to governmental records like, citizens records, hospital records, and others.
What am trying to say is, it the sender of an email does not have any notable public internet presence, then employing the services of people finder platform might not work for you.
What you can Do
Now that you are aware of the facts (the reason why it is virtually impossible to get the real identity of the person sending you an email by using their email address), there is still a way to know if the mail you receive is a legitimate one.
When you Receive an Email from a Business.
If you receive a mail from someone claiming to be a representative of a business you trust, first be skeptical, and do not reply to the mail. Skepticism is a good play.
If the business has an official website, visit it. Most businesses now include a live chat button, or a message button on their official website. Use it to contact the business and ask for more info relating to the mail you receive. If they confirm that they were the ones that sent the email, then you can go back to reply or act on the email instruction.
Note, do not use the links from the mail to visit the website. Use the website address in the business flyer, poster or card.
If the business does not have a website, then you can contact their customer help line, or better still, walk into the business store/office in your locality.
When Receive a Harassment, or even Threatening Email
Your best action is to contact your local governmental (appropriate) authorities.
Do not try to reply the person and tell them to stop. Replying the email is the same with telling the person that, you regularly check your emails, and you are seeing and reading theirs too. This will give the person added reason to continue.
When you see a threatening or harassing email, do not be ashame to go and report it to local authorities. Your tax money is going to them whether you seek their help or not.
However, note that they are not under obligation to help if the email does not contain anything illegal. So, just because you are uncomfortable with an email does not mean the content is illegal, and requires police investigation.
When you Receive a Spammed
Report the spam and deleted it.
What I mean is. If the spam is from a business, report it to the business customer service or the appropriate department of the business set-up for that purpose. Then delete it.
If the spam is from an individual, report it to your email service provider and delete it.
If the spam is from a website, and there is an unsubscribe link, use it to unsubscribe. Then delete it.
Some email service providers offer a filter feature which you can set so that every mail you receive from a specific sender will be deleted automatically. If you email service provider has such a feature, it is time to use it.
The Bottom Line
If the sender of an email does not want to be identified, then you probably will not be able to find out their real identity.
When the email you receive is threatening, harassing, and contain contents that are illegal in your locality, then turn to your local authority or lawyer for guidance and help.
If not, the Report, Delete, and auto delete function that your email service provider offers is your best option.
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