Trace email

A007nm asked 3 years ago

I received an email from gmail my email host is 123 reg webmail.
I need to know who sent me that email.
Can someone help me please?

1 Answers
Shnerdly Staff answered 3 years ago

Thanks for your question A007nm.

When you have a question of your own not directly related to another thread, please start you own thread. I did that for you this time.

The answer to you question is all over the forum. Gmail typically does not include the X-Originating IP of the sender unless they use an email client such as Outlook Express or Thunderbird. Without that IP there is no way to trace the email to the sender without some type of legal intervention such as a subpena which will require some type of illegal activity on the part of the sender.

If the email header does have the X-Originating IP in it, the same legal issue arises. You will need a subpena to get the senders name and physical address.

The best solution is to do the same as most people do with their snail mail. If you get something you don't want, don't open it, just discard it.

In email, there are two ways for people to know if an email has been opened.

First is the return receipt. That simply notifies the sender that the email was received and opened.

Second is the use of external graphics in an email. That causes the email client to connect to an external server somewhere to get the graphics that are in the email. This is again proof that an email was opened. This is also a way for viruses to get on a computer embedded in the graphics.

In either case, the sender or spammer then knows the email address is an active address so they will continue to flood the address with their spam.

If you never open them, you will likely see a decrease in spam type emails over time.

In my case, I have my email client set to ignore the request for a return receipt and to never load external graphics. Then I can view them without harm.

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