Sep 5, 2009

How to track email senders?

Posted by Aayush at 10:58 PM
Now a days, almost every one gets spam and scams on their emails. It is always good to stay protected against scammers by knowing where the email is coming from, in order to prevent a facepalm. About couple of months ago, when my sister was looking to buy a new car, she got a email from a seller saying he is in UK at the moment and he was willing to sell his Honda Accord, '07 for $7000. She asked me to check where his email was coming from. I checked it and found it was from Mountain View, CA. You can use the following methodes go check where the email is coming from. I am only going to cover 3 major email services: Gmail,Yahoo Mail andHotmail this time.
First stop...
Go to ip-adress.com's email sender tracker service. You will use it while tracing the email.

Gmail
  • Log into your account and then select your message that you want to trace.
  • On your screen's right side, click on "New Window". You will get the same email on new window, with a couple of options.
  • On the new window, next to "Reply", click the drop down arrow and click on "Show Original."
  • Copy the whole document and paste it at ip-adress.com's email tracker and click "Trace Email Sender" button on the bottom of the page.
Yahoo Mail (using new newer version)
  • Log in and select the message you want to trace.
  • Click on the drop down menu next to "Compact Header" and select "Full Header"
  • Copy the whole document and paste it at ip-adress.com's email tracker and click "Trace Email Sender" button on the bottom of the page.
Hotmail
  • Log into your account, and RIGHT CLICK on the message you want to trace.
  • Click on "View Message Source". The whole message will come up in a new window, but this time, you cannot copy the message and use ip-adress.com's tracker.
  • So lookout for keyword like "Received: from xxxxxxxxxx" around 5th or 6th line. Copy only the ip-adress(something like xxx.xx.xx.xx) and paste it at Ip-adress.com's IP Tracker.
If all things are done correctly, you will get the location on a map.

If you want information on more email services, I suggest you visit "Google Email Support Center"


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1 comments on "How to track email senders?"

nivetha on October 9, 2009 at 9:22 PM said...

Your information about the how to find ip address of email sender is fine.We can also find location of the particular ipaddress in the site www.ip-details.com

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