Reverse Email Lookup: Looking Someone Up By Email Address

Reverse Email Lookup: What, Why, and How?

When it comes to communicating with people these days, asking for an email address is as common as asking for a phone number, if not more so. With the increasing prevalence of smart phones, people can access their email accounts whenever and wherever they like. Unlike making some calls, using email is basically free, so it’s a great way to stay in contact with friends and family as life moves us in different directions.

On the downside, there’s nothing more frustrating than finding a random email address scribbled on a piece of paper with no other information, or getting a message from email addresses you don’t recognize. The great news is that now a reverse email lookup can be conducted on these unknown email addresses, helping you protect yourself from spam, viruses, or even identity theft. Similar to doing a reverse phone lookup, reverse email searches can now be performed with the click of a button.

What is a Reverse Email Lookup?

One way of trying to determine who an email address belongs to is to type it into a search engine, like Google or Bing. Of course, this is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. In some cases, pages and pages of results can be returned that may or may not be useful. Also, many sites do not allow email information to be indexed in search engines, making it impossible to gather information from basic searches. In both of these situations, using a search engine to find information about an email address is fruitless. This is where reverse email lookup services come into play.

There are many different websites available that provide users with a means of finding information based solely on an email address. Using the email address, the reverse email lookup service sifts through thousands of records until they locate the name, address, phone number, and any other information about the person associated with that email address. The amount of information provided by the site can vary, depending on the authority of the site and whether membership with the site is required.

How to Conduct a Reverse Email Lookup

To conduct a reverse email lookup, you can begin by typing “reverse email lookup” into your search engine of choice. You can also skip this step altogether, and navigate directly to an authoritative site that offers this service, such as PeopleFinders or USA People Search. Once you are on one of these sites, enter the email address into the reverse email lookup search box. Almost instantly, you will be redirected to a new page, filled with information about the email address provided. It’s important to note that the search may be limited geographically to a single country, such as the United States, so keep that in mind as you conduct your search.

Conducting a reverse email lookup is easier than ever. Using these simple steps, you’ll find all the information available online about that random, scribbled email address in no time – and you won’t have to worry about the possibility of identity theft the next time you receive an email from an unknown sender.

The Pros and Cons of Using Pay Anywhere Card Readers

Gone are the days of having to be tied down to a computer to process a payment in the world of small business. Thanks to a wonderful little idea called a Pay Anywhere card reader, you can actually accept payments anywhere that you can carry a smart phone.  Pay Anywhere is certainly not the only player in the game where card readers are concerned, but they are the most respected. Despite the great reviews for this product, however, there are a handful of concerns as well. Here is a look at the pros and cons of Pay Anywhere:

Pros of Pay Anywhere card readers

The primary positive for these little card readers would be the fact that you can get paid anywhere. Just being able to whip out the little thing and swipe a credit card on the spot will give you great freedom as a small business owner. It provides convenience to the customer and at the same time gives you the flexibility to do business anywhere.

Another great reason to go with Pay Anywhere card readers is because it has the lowest transaction fees in the business. It is cheaper than any other credit card processor, thereby saving you and the customer  money once again.

You can feel great confidence in the accuracy of this fine product, simply because it has been around longer than any other card reader service. It started way back in 1992 and continues to this day. That type of longevity can go a long way towards giving you confidence.

Finally, Pay Anywhere has a dedicated customer service line that can help you when you need it. Whether it is a technical problem or a customer service issue, Pay Anywhere is there to talk it over and work it out.

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State Farm Charged in Hurricane Katrina Claim Fraud Case

When you think of fraud, you generally think about some scum hiding behind a keyboard somewhere in a dark basement. The last thing that would come to mind would be your insurance company. State Farm Insurance has been charged with fraud in a case out of Mississippi. In the wake of horrible Hurricane Katrina, State Farm is accused of burying, modifying and hiding damage reports to keep from having to pay.

The whole idea of insurance in a hurricane becomes difficult to sort through. The general idea is that an insurance company is often on the hook for wind damage whereas the water damage is paid out federally. In this case, the National Flood Insurance Program was to be reimbursed a quarter of a million dollars due to the accused fraud.

How tough must that be? How in the world do you separate wind and water damage in a storm the size of Katrina? Some houses were blown away while others were ripped from their foundations by rising tide waters. The insurance companies had plenty of motives to aim the destruction towards the waters. They knew they were facing huge debts regardless so a culture of deception is not really all that surprising. In a world where looters take advantage of people whose homes are devastated, nothing really surprises us anymore.

It was first brought to light in 06 when ABC News spoke with two sisters that accused the company of an entire culture of fraud around the locations in Biloxi and Gulfport. They accused Continue reading State Farm Charged in Hurricane Katrina Claim Fraud Case

Is Pattern Recognition a Fair Way to Monitor Your Credit Cards?

When it comes to protecting your credit cards, companies are going to great extremes in recent times. Gone are the days where you simply got a phone call when you spent a great deal of money and when your bill is past due. Now, credit card companies are paying close attention to your account in real time. This is called credit card pattern recognition and it has been around for longer than you might think.

If you use credit cards often, you probably have gotten those odd phone calls or emails about your recent spending habits. Perhaps your credit card company noticed an odd spending pattern, or your first purchase on vacation in Tahiti. Any type of purchase that is unusual in the eyes of the credit card company can come under suspicion.

This is being used more and more as the criminals become more advanced. While the added security is a wonderful thing when it works, it can be a bit of a pain in the tail at other times. Imagine you are on vacation and you go out to supper for the first time. Imagine that you whip out your credit card and it gets declined for no good reason. This usually leads to an awkward conversation with the waiter and a long phone with the credit card company call to straighten out the fact that you are on vacation. That is not always so fun.

So, the obvious question is…are the security measures worth it in the long run? Continue reading Is Pattern Recognition a Fair Way to Monitor Your Credit Cards?

Justice Roberts Highlights Need for Online Shopping Smarts

Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made big news recently by admitting he recently had his credit card information stolen. There was already a renewed interest in identity theft due to huge increases in victimization. Justice Roberts simply showed that it can happen to anyone. Although the details were unclear about Justice Robert’s case, a large number of these credit card problems are traced back to online shopping.

Knowing how to recognize and identify the warning signs is important. Here are some important tips to help determine when a website is safe or not:

Understand that being well-known is good but not fool proof

Certainly it is a good sign when you are dealing with a large market retailer, but you can’t automatically assume it is safe. If you were a criminal, which names would you pick for your fake website? Criminals like using the big name sites and then building fake sites to get your information. Don’t assume it is safe just because it is a big name.

Make sure your phone call will go somewhere

Shoot for sites that have physical addresses and contact information that leads you to humans. Phone numbers that are disconnected and addresses that lead to nowhere are bad news. Take the time to actually go and check out the information.

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Khloe Kardashian Denies Cathy’s Kids Charity Problems

Khloe Kardashian was quick to go on the offensive when accusations recently arose about husband Lamar Odom and his charity known as Cathy’s Kids. The former NBA superstar was recently mentioned in an ESPN episode of “Outside the Lines” where the charity was supposedly investigated. Odom began Cathy’s Kids as a tribute to his mom that passed away when he was a child from stomach cancer. The charity was originally intended to help with cancer research as well as underprivileged children.

The ESPN program claimed that the charity had not offered up one penny to cancer research since 2004, despite bringing in $2.2 million dollars. It also pointed out that 60 percent was allegedly used for team travel with two of the elite basketball teams.

Kardashian was adamant about Odom and his intentions being pure and this seems like a possible mix up of intentions. Odom was the primary source of the money to start with according to Khloe. When the charity first began, it seemed to be intended towards helping with cancer research. Over time, the charity began focusing on inner city children and helping them get a leg up in life.

Kardashian further went on to say that nobody in her family received one dime of the money. She mentioned that the IRS had given the foundation “a clean bill of health” and that a decision was made to focus more sharply on the youth as opposed to cancer research.

Certainly the shifted focus would Continue reading Khloe Kardashian Denies Cathy’s Kids Charity Problems

Top tips to help you avoid the dirty dozen tax scams this year

Uncle Sam wants you and so do identity thieves!

With tax season here, it’s easy to feel a little nervous and stressed. While nobody likes to pay taxes, even more, nobody likes to be scammed. With the April 15 filing deadline for taxes almost here, last minute filers are at risk for being scammed.

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) offers tips to keep yourself from being caught in one of the many tax scams out there. With identity theft and phishing scams still ranking among the top security concerns, email scams are still at the top for ways scammers can take advantage of you.

Pay attention to emails that offer subject lines about taxes, filing taxes, tax laws, financial loss, damage to reputation. One popular phishing scam includes a subject line about changes in tax laws and invites the recipient to download a document to explain the changes. Once downloaded, the malware in these documents can damage your computer and steal your personal information.

The IRS releases a list of “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams” each year and includes tips about how to protect yourself from online and  phone scams. One popular scam is criminals who call unsuspecting citizens, impersonating charities and asking for donations.

Here is important information to know to avoid being taken in by scammers this tax season: Continue reading Top tips to help you avoid the dirty dozen tax scams this year

List of celebrities and political victims of hackers grows

It seems somewhat ironic, Angelina Jolie who starred as “Kate” aka Acid Burn in the movie “Hackers” has now joined the almost dozen celebrities who have had their financial information hacked into and released for the Internet to share.

TMZ reports that both Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie are the latest in a line of online hack jobs which pulled financial information including social security numbers, credit card information, car loans, banking information and even mortgage amounts and released them online. Among the others hurt by the hackers were Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Robert Mueller, Tiger Woods, Kanye West, Eric Holder,  Robert De Niro, Dennis Rodman, Michael Vick,  NRA advocate Wayne LaPierre and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.  There are also reports of Britney Spears, Donald Trump and even the first lady Michelle Obama being victims of these same hacksters. In the First Ladies case, it appears the problem is really with the president as they stated “”Blame your husband, we still love you, Michelle.”

Other political figures include Sarah Palin, Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden and Al Gore.   However, either there is little to be learned online about these particular political figures or they are protected better online than the other victims, there was little information revealed about them.

Credit agencies are making their own inquiries, and as reported by Forbes Magazine, “We learned about this late this afternoon [and] immediately launched an investigation,” a TransUnion spokesperson said by email.

The hackers appeared to be based out of Russia and performed a dump of the information on a website which now appears to be based on an island off the coast of Madagascar  in a technique known as “doxxing.”   But here’s the really interesting part, doxxing is the act of obtaining and posting private information about a person by scouring the Internet and is not necessarily illegal.

“You can post it as long as there is nothing nefarious about it,”  says LAPD cyber crimes detective Andrew Kleinick. “They are public figures and that kind of thing happens. It’s not right, [but] I know of no crime. He continues Continue reading List of celebrities and political victims of hackers grows