Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Guess a Surprising Number of Email Addresses This is how spammers and scammers find out your email by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on April 29, 2020 DaydreamsGirl / Getty Images Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email Did you choose your name for your email address? Did you pick your company email address? Pick the former, and you typically have also chosen the latter: personal email addresses at corporations, school, and other organizations are usually constructed from the name. Such email address conventions make sense, of course. Rather than requiring every person and program to look up random strings, email addresses can be inferred — and you can tell from the email address who a message's recipient this is. Since you can make sense of these address schemes, you can also use them to "invent" the email address of a contact whose name and company you know. Guess Somebody's Email Address To guess a contact's email address: Start with the organization: Search for the company, school, or organization on the web to find their homepage and domain name. The domain name is what typically follows the "www" in the home page's address; the domain name in "www.lifewire.com" is "lifewire.com", for example.See if you can find a general-purpose email address on their contact page.Look for email addresses and, if possible, associated names. Chances are, there's a pattern to the addresses. Michelle Lagrande's address may be firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, for example.Good places to find typical email addresses are contact pages and press releases. You can also try searching for the domain name or company on the web or in newsgroups to find addresses patterns. If you found an email address pattern and know your contact's full name: Put together the pieces to make up the most probable address. If Michelle Lagrande's address is email@example.com and your contact is called Maxwell Lepetit, try firstname.lastname@example.org. If no pattern became apparent, try common ways to construct email addresses: email@example.com@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com_lagrande@firstname.lastname@example.org@example.com That's it! If you find no address format and all guesses fail: Try asking for contact information:your contact's colleagues if you can get a hold of anya general-purpose contact (email, web form or phone).Be prepared to have lots of relevant information and to authenticate yourself. Main contacts, in particular, are, fortunately, not eager to hand out information in willy-nilly a fashion. For people not working at a company: You can sometimes guess their username at a new email service or internet provider from their username at another email service, social networking site or instant messaging service provider from their username at another email service, social networking site or instant messaging service."Michellelg" at Yahoo! Instant Messenger could be "email@example.com", for example.