Until recently, most e-mail users could spot spam fairly easily. Subject lines acted as a red flag to steer you clear of questionable bank deposit offers from Nigerian royalty or advertisements about new breakthroughs in the field of male enhancement.
But at some point, the spammers wised up. Nowadays, it is difficult to distinguish the subject lines on legitimate e-mails from those of the unsolicited variety.
So how can you be sure when you hit the delete button on that unopened e-mail that you are actually getting rid of the 40th low-interest home loan offer you have received this month or if it was the confirmation number for the airplane tickets you booked last week?
A number of Web sites now offer reverse e-mail searches that allow you to obtain the names and street addresses of people or businesses that are sending you unsolicited e-mails. Armed with this information, you will be able to report these spammers to the proper authorities and keep them out of your e-mail inbox.
These services can also come in handy if you want to check up on the e-mail habits of a potentially wayward spouse or significant other, an Internet-savvy teenager or an email address that you may have forgotten who it belongs to.
Most of these sites will allow you to conduct searches for a nominal fee for one-time usage. You can also receive unlimited reverse e-mail searches for a flat rate. In addition, these searches will remain 100 percent confidential. No one will be able to trace the search back to you.