Internet Service Providers forum


Reverse url lookup

by roadguy2005 / September 26, 2012 2:10 AM PDT

From time to time, I receive spoof or phishing e mails from people or "companies" purporting to be someone they are not. The other day, I received one from "Amazon", and I know it was not the real Amazon

Somewhere I read that you can reverse look up these url's to see who this is. Is that so? If so, do you know who it is? I know there are pay look up sites out there, but I think there is a free one also. Thank you!

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Reverse url lookup
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Reverse url lookup
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by bill012 / September 26, 2012 2:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Reverse url lookup

If you mean the where the email came from then you need to look though the mail headers...tends to be a compromised machine sending them.

If you mean the actual URL they want to try to trick you into clicking. You can go to one of the domain registers and run whois. Networksolutions is one of the largest but there are others for other countries.

All you will generally find is fake information. You could try the ip address and look that up in the ip registry like arin but most likely all you will find is a hosting center. Or it could all map back to a country like china where you will be able to find nothing.

Collapse -
reverse url look up
by roadguy2005 / September 26, 2012 11:04 PM PDT
In reply to: email

Thanks bill012. That website is great.

Collapse -
by WaCableTech / September 30, 2012 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Reverse url lookup

if you hover over the URL in the email and read where your browser says its truly going in the lower right corner, yo can see amazon is missing, misspelled, or the ending site is something like .cz or some such and thus its a spoof.

I use firefox and it will most of the time flat out warn you, sometimes I like to go to the people who ask for account info and give them fake accounts, wastes their time, all you can really do but if everyone did it, they'd waste a lot of time, sell fake data to not so nice people and it problem make it not worth doing, however most of the time I get a message from firefox anymore saying this is a reported forgery and so I don't bother with it.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Big screens for the big game

Still looking for the best TV deals ahead of Sunday's game? Here are our top three big screen picks.