Reverse lookups are a great way to find a person online using information like an address, phone number, email address or username.
There are numerous free reverse lookup sites online that can help you find people for free.
Here is how and where to do the best reverse lookups on the internet.
Reverse Phone Lookup
There are a number of ways to do a reverse phone number lookup online. You can try doing a Google search for the phone number to see if it can be found on any web pages in Google’s index.
Doing a reverse phone lookup on Google can reveal some interesting information about a number, including personal information on web sites associated with the number.
When doing a reverse phone lookup on Google, remember to try to search for the phone number in various formats like XXX-XXX-XXXX or (XXX) XXX-XXXX or try using no hyphens or parentheses like XXX XXX XXXX.
In addition, you may want to do your reverse phone number lookup using Yahoo and Bing search engines.
Another good search site to do a reverse phone number lookup is at Whitepages.com/reverse_phone. Whitepages.com has a lot of phone number data taken from directory assistance and public records sites that you can do a reverse phone lookup on.
Spokeo has a reverse phone number lookup that can be run against public records, whitepages and social network information in their people search database. Spokeo’s reverse phone lookup is available at Spokeo.com/phone.
Reverse Address Lookup
Another reverse lookup that can be done to freely find someone online is a reverse address lookup. Again, a good place to do a reverse address lookup is through a Google search. Lookup the address on Google to see what information is available online, as well as Google map and streetview information for the address.
I would also try doing reverse address lookups on Yahoo and Bing search.
Whitepages.com also offers a good free reverse address lookup at Whitepages.com/reverse_address, where you can reverse an address with a street number, street name, city, state and zip.
Reverse Email Lookup
Reverse email lookups aren’t that much different than reverse phone lookups and reverse address lookups, except that Whitepages does not currently offer a reverse email lookup search.
To do a reverse email lookup, search the entire email address on Google search or Yahoo and Bing to find any sites where the email may have been published and indexed by a major search engine.
In addition, Spokeo offers a powerful reverse email lookup search on their people search engine at Spokeo.com/email.
Spokeo’s reverse email search will lookup an email in their database of social network data and public records information.
Spokeo’s reverse email lookup is probably one of the most comprehensive reverse email address lookups available online, since much of the email information is pulled from social networks like Facebook.
Basic reverse lookups on Spokeo are free, but more detailed information is available for a fee. However, reverse lookups on the search engines or Whitepages are free for anyone to use.
Spokeo also offers a reverse username search which is similar to a reverse email lookup except you ditch everything after and including the @ symbol in the email address or you search for a person’s username that they use on social networks, chat, message boards etc.
You can also search for a person’s username on the major search engines to find what sites the username is found on.
The popular Wink people search engine also offers a free reverse email lookup at Wink.com/people/ps/email.
Many more reverse lookup sites can be found by searching for them on Google, Yahoo or Bing, but beware some paid reverse lookup sites are scams or contain old outdated people data.