How To Get Around WHOIS Email Proxies by @getreqt

Apr 9, 2015
This article is part of a series called Tips & Tricks.

whoisWHOIS Lookups are a great way to get contact information for candidates with their own internet domain. If you’ve never utilized a WHOIS Lookup, you’re basically querying a database for information about who registered a specific website. Why would you care about that? When registering a domain name a person is required to provide certain information including a contact name, phone number, address, and email address. Absolutely perfect for tracking down candidates hosting their own sites.

For example, if I run a WHOIS on the URL below:


My WHOIS result looks like:


Pretty sweet?

However, not everything is always pretty in WHOIS land. Often times, a domain registrant will pay an extra fee to have their registration information obfuscated and their contact information run through a proxy, or third party, to maintain a semblance of privacy. In these cases the results are usually a random string of gibberish followed by a super-secure sounding domain name.


But what happens if you actually email those gibberish proxy email addresses?


Turns out they go straight to the email they are trying to hide.

This article is part of a series called Tips & Tricks.
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