Everyone has at least one instance in which he or she receives an email message from someone unrecognizable---or worse---someone suspicious. There has to be at least a way to trace such messages to discover or ascertain who sent them. There exists a number of websites designed for performing these reverse look-ups; choosing which one and the options each provides depends on how urgent or serious your need to know is.
Email Finder (see Resources below) is perhaps the most popular way of looking up who sent you an email. You have a choice of either entering the email address itself or, if provided, the name. You have two payment choices for such searches. There is the option of paying $1.95 a month for unlimited searches or the choice to do a one-time search for $14.95. The search results are more thorough than just the owner of the email address. The owner's name and physical address, phone number, social network memberships, photos, occupation and other information is also revealed, if available.
Free Email Search
However, if you are not interested at all in paying for your email search, there's the option of using Free Email Search (see Resources below). Here, only the email address, owner's location and IP address (which denotes the computer from where the email was sent) are revealed. If you need more information, you will be directed to Email Finder to pay for more extensive services, since the site powers Free Email Search.
A third place to find out who sent you email is Reverse Records (see Resources below). There, you have the choice of paying a one-time fee of $14.95 or add a yearly fee of $9.95. A more extensive online records information provider than either Email Finder or Free Email Search, Reverse Records also provides the ability to do reverse look-ups using land line and cell phone numbers, physical addresses, social security numbers and even perform sex-offender searches by ZIP code.
Of course, for suspicious email messages, you want to trace where they came from to protect yourself from Internet scam artists. However, such a practice is also useful to find and correct data for old friends, relatives and acquaintances. Either way, websites for tracing email messages that pique your curiosity exist to give you peace of mind or, at least, re-establish connections.