There may be times when you need to find someone’s email address. Maybe you need to contact someone and their phone number is unavailable – or they never answer. Letters and other correspondence go unanswered, and it’s imperative that you get in touch with this person.
So, how do I find someone’s email address? First, use an online email lookup service to perform a basic search. Then, do a simple Google search on the person and see what pops up. Look for websites owned by the subject as well as the area where he or she may live.
We here at Skip Trace Pros do not conduct email searches. Mostly because anyone can go online, and utilizing many free tools, do the searching themselves. And, there’s no magical database listing everyone’s email address. We always recommend trying to first call or write to the person in order to get in contact with them. We can help find people through alternative methods.
Actually, the first thing you should do is ask yourself why you need an email address in the first place. Make sure you have a legitimate reason and don’t go spamming these people. Stay professional, and be prepared to have a well-written statement as to why you are contacting this person.
Nefarious Reasons For Obtaining Email Address
Many people accumulate email addresses and start spamming. Not good. This article is for those that have a legitimate reason for contacting someone through their email address when other methods are simply not effective. However, I’ll list a number of the reason’s spammers and scammers want your email address:
- Spam. We all know what spam is – and hate it.
- Scammers. Enough said.
- Headhunters. There’s big money in job placement.
- Political Groups. Ugh.
- Hackers. Too much time on their hands.
- Disgruntled employees and/or friends.
We’ve all had to deal with the majority of the above list at one time or the others. For those of you involved in the above – please find a different site to conduct your business. Here, we’ll discuss legitimate reasons for locating someone’s email address.
Legitimate Reasons for Needing Someone’s Email Address
There are many legitimate reasons why you may need to find someone’s email address. A few are listed below:
- Attorneys. General communication efforts have been ineffective.
- Friends. Contacting old friends is usually a good thing.
- Business contacts. Past and present.
- Skip tracing. Legal documents are usually involved.
There are many other acceptable reasons why you need to find someone’s email address. Just make sure you stay within the law and you’ll be just fine. Remember – no spamming! Let’s now take a look at some different ways of finding someone’s email address.
Take a Guess at It!
Yes, sometimes it’s just that easy. Start with the basics: firstname.lastname@example.org. Then do the same with additional popular email clients. Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, etc. You might get lucky – especially if your subject has an unusual name.
Do you have a pretty good idea of where they work? Try a combination of their name: email@example.com. Or firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe email@example.com. How about firstname.lastname@example.org. You might get lucky.
There’s a great tool you can use called Email Permutator. Simply put in the name and the tool will come up with all kinds of variations of one’s name. Nice. DO NOT simply copy and paste all of the variations into your email client and hit “send.” You may get labeled as a spammer if you do this, so sort out the most likely variations.
Next, use Hunter Email Verifier. It’s fairly simple. As of this writing, you can get 50 free searches per month. Go to the site and play with it. You can also use Google. Go into your Google Gmail and insert the email addresses you came up with in Email Permutator. Then, hover over each email. If the email is connected to a Gmail account, their picture will show up and you have a good starting point.
Take a Good Look at Their Website
If you have performed an exhaustive internet search on your subject, and found a website that your subject may own or be involved in, look for email addresses listed on the site. Or, simply fill out the contact form and state your reason for trying to find this person.
The company and/or personal email may be listed. If it were just that easy. Many times, the subject in question is an employee, and there will be no email listed for them. In that case, you may wish to call and simply ask for their contact information. That may work.
Most times, an email address will be prominently displayed somewhere on the site. Probably on the “Contact” or “About Us” page. You just might get your answer right away. If they’re associated with a very large website, then you may have to search for a bit.
Below is a different approach to finding someone’s email address that I recently ran across on the internet. Kind of cool, actually. It’s just one method to use in finding someone’s email address – if they have a website, or if they’re associated with the site as an employee or vendor.
Try typing this into the Google search bar:
- site:[THEIR FULL DOMAIN, SUCH AS http://www.mywebsite.com/] [SUBJECTS NAME] [email]
- In other words: site: https://skiptracepros.com mark unger email
- *Try it with and without the slash (/) after .com. Kind of strange how that works.
- This is a quick way to see if the email you’re looking for is already publicly available.
If you get any results that pop up, simply use Hunter Email Verifier or Gmail verification to confirm your results.
You might wish to try the WHOIS database. If you suspect that your subject owns a website, try looking it up in this database. I have found many peoples’ email addresses simply by using this technique.
Find Email Addresses Using Online Tools
Below are some great free tools (and paid) that you can use to find someone’s email addresses. Some of these email address finder sites have paid subscriptions, but most allow you to make a number of searches for free. Jump in and play with them.
- Hunter Email Verifier – 50 free searches/month. Paid subscriptions available
- Name2Email – Free Chrome Extension
- Find That Lead – Free and paid subscriptions
- Find That Email – Free and paid subscriptions
- Clearbit Connect – Another Chrome Extension. 100 free searches per month
- HeadReach – Social Profiles and Emails
- Voila Norbert – They have a trial offer, but then it’s a paid subscription. Very Effective!
- Skrapp – 150 free searches per month
I won’t go into any details on the above sites, but do a Google search on them and see how they work. Most of these sites are very effective – and cheap. Unless you’re venturing into the “spam” area, there’s really no need to pay for any subscription. Use a combination of all of the to keep costs down.
Try Social Media to Find Email Addresses
Let’s not forget Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Many times your subject’s email address is listed. Or, if you know any of your subject’s family or friends – you can search them also. The goal here is to get in contact with the person you’re looking for, right?
If you cannot find anything on social media, then there are additional options. Hire someone. Here at Skip Trace Pros, we can find almost anyone these days. We may not be able to supply you with a valid email address, but phones and current addresses will be helpful. And, many skip tracers, just like us, can do a deep search on someone and locate past and present email addresses that have been listed.
You can find almost anyone’s email address by simply doing an online search. We always recommend trying to find the person first – then try and get contact information.
Be careful that you are not breaking any laws, and, please, do not spam!
What if I can’t find someone’s email address? As I stated above, it’s probably time to hire an expert. Hire someone to do this for you, but ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?” Hiring a ‘hacker’ or some sort of computer forensic expert can get expensive. And, you’re going to run across some legal issues.
Is sending mass emails considered spam? The short answer is yes. Ask yourself why you’re sending these emails. To sell a product or service? If so, and these people have not requested any information from you – it’s spam. We all hate spammers.