How do I find out who sent an anonymous email

by SylviaC 9 replies
I received an email from someone who sent it anonymously. Can anyone tell me how to find out who it came from?

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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    You have to look through the details, and MAYBE you can find out. If not, use the first IP, MAYBE it is a fixed server. If not, you have to trace, and try to get records from the IPs owner. If not, GOOD LUCK!

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
      I just got one from a kid today - he has sent me a few abusive emails before and I traced his ip and blocked it - I think he must have gotten a friend to send this one as its now from California and not Kansas (where the previous ones were from)
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    • Profile picture of the author SylviaC
      I went into properties and found the ip address. How do I trace it? I also got a hotmail address.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by SylviaC View Post

        I went into properties and found the ip address. How do I trace it? I also got a hotmail address.
        THAT is the problem! If all you got is an IP address, you have to check with its owner. NOW you know why so many get away with spamming.

        Steve
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        • Profile picture of the author SylviaC
          not gettin ya?
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        • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
          Sylvia,

          use this tool:
          Whois lookup and Domain name search

          usually in the headers of the emails are 2 IP addresses: 1 is the ISP's IP the other is the IP that is assigned to a specific computer by the ISP

          if you were sent an email that was threatening, spam, illegal or phishing, send an email with the complete headers to the abuse email of the ISP

          they will take it from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    No one has explained to me why the ISP like Yahoo allow mail to come through that is not correctly addressed. If it does not have my unique email address why do I receive it?

    I know that websites can be set up to accept any name before the @website.com to catch all emails, however, I do not understand why many emails still get as far as the spam filters and some even get through those.

    David
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    • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
      Originally Posted by David Louis Monk View Post

      No one has explained to me why the ISP like Yahoo allow mail to come through that is not correctly addressed. If it does not have my unique email address why do I receive it?

      I know that websites can be set up to accept any name before the @website.com to catch all emails, however, I do not understand why many emails still get as far as the spam filters and some even get through those.

      David
      No spamming lessons from me, but one attack I dealt with used the blind copy function. Each email (250,000) was BC'd to 50 addresses.

      There are many ways to screw with mail systems. Yahoomail, Hotmail and Gmail have devoted huge resources to the problem and will never defeat it. Just make it tolerable.
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  • Profile picture of the author mithil
    It's very difficult to track it if it is from Free web mail service like Gmail or yahoomail. Check the domain name associated with the email. Then it might be a bit easy to track.
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