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02-08-2012, 03:28 PM #1Administrator
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How to understand email headers
When you receive an email, you receive more than just the message. The email comes with hidden headers that carry important information that can tell you where the email was sent from. For that, you would need to find the IP address of the sender. The tutorial below can help you find the IP address of the sender.
Note that this will not work if the sender uses anonymous proxy servers. But this information is important too because honest women do not use them. In this case it is most likely you are corresponding with a scammer.
Also, note that if you receive an email sent from a Gmail account through the web browser, you may not be able to find the real IP address because Google hides the real IP address of the sender. However, if someone sends you a mail from his/her Gmail account using a client like Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail, you can find the originating IP address.
Every email client has slightly different steps to locating an email header. Here are a couple of the most popular:
When you open an email, you will see next to the button "Reply" - down arrow. Click on arrow and choose "Show original". New window will be opened with the full email header.
If you right click on the email message you will see the option "View Full Headers". Select it and a new pop-up "Full Message Header" will appear.
Hotmail (Live) E-mail:
If you right click on the email message you will see the option "View Source". Select it and a new window with the full email source will open.
On the top row, click on Action and in the drop-down menu select View Message Source. It opens a new page with the headers.
Outlook / Incredimail:
Select or open the email message. At the top left of your screen select "File" and then "Properties". Select the tab "Details" and finally "Message source".
Microsoft Office version of Outlook:
Open a message. On the View menu, click Options. Note: If you do not see the Options command, make sure you click View on the toolbar in an open message window. The View menu on the standard Outlook toolbar does not have the Options command. The Header information appears under the Delivery options in the Internet Headers box.
If you find X-Originating-IP: followed by an IP address - that is the sender's IP address. If that doesn't work, look for Received: from [followed by IP address within square brackets] by "your mail service". That is the sender's IP address.
If you have multiple Received: from records select the last one.