Copyright (c) 2008 Ed Opperman
One of the oldest and easily-recognized ISPs is AOL, and though quite a few people have stopped using their online connection portals, millions of individuals nonetheless continue to use their email services – which isn’t entirely surprising, considering that AOL now offers their email services for free. Furthermore, AOL’s web mail service, like many others, offers quite a few features that compliment the email address you’ll receive when you sign up.
Email is so popular partly because there are so many users who frequently change addresses, often creating new accounts specifically for newsletter subscriptions and junk mail. Quite a few AOL accounts have been hijacked in the past and used by stalkers or individuals who are looking to send ‘anonymous’ emails to others. But here’s the good news: if you’ve been getting harassing email from an AOL screen name, it’s absolutely possible to use a reverse email search to find out who’s responsible for sending the wanted communications.
A reverse email search through the appropriate email provider is always your best first option when it comes to hunting down the author of the emails you received. For example, if the email came from an AOL address, then use America Online’s reverse search because it is the easiest to search AOL’s own records for an AOL customer who has been bombarding you with unwated email and/or spam.
Nevertheless, if using the company’s provided reverse search isn’t providing accurate results, you don’t have to give up – there are other options on the table. For instance, you can try using one of the many free, independent reverse email search engines available online – and even if these don’t work out, you still aren’t out of options. You can still hire a professional search service to find the perpetrator, and in many cases this is the best option because hackers, spammers, and stalkers will typically take steps to ensure that they aren’t found. Email investigators are ready for these strategies and can try to break through.
Remember that tenacity is key when it comes to finding who has been sending you hostile or otherwise unwanted emails. In the interim, you might want to consider shifting addresses yourself, or at least taking other steps to protect your internet safety – such as changing your email password periodically so that it’s not easily guessed by cyber stalkers and identity thieves.
At the end of the day, tenacity will be the key to your success. The more patient you are, the more thorough your research shall be, and thus, the more likely it will be that you’ll uncover the identity of the person who has been emailing you. Even if a private investigator is hired, it could take upwards of several weeks before you are able to find the information that you need – and they do this sort of work every single day!
AOL is one of the oldest service providers you can find, and this applies to the email service as well. This is why it’s usually possible to find someone you are looking for; every time we do anything online, we leave what is known as an internet ‘footprint.Follow these clues for long enough, and presto – you have your source! Someone using dial-up or anonymous proxy server might be able to avoid being identified for a little while, but no delay is an obstacle if you are willing to put the appropriate amount of time and persistence into your investigation. Best of luck!
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