Tracing a Gmail by the Header

Chris McGowan asked 9 months ago

I've been talking to someone online for the past month. We've gone back and forth every single day via e-mail. I've traced her email and every single time I've traced the email. The email IP comes up in the same town or it comes up in 2 or 3 different other towns. Each town is hours apart from each other. I am not going to explain where it is. I know this person is a "real" person since I've seen pictures and chatted with this person on the phone. Since I'm getting different IP's showing up. I'm getting about 3 different towns altogether that are 12 hours apart. Does this mean that someone is scamming me. I've sent an email to myself and ran an email trace and my IP comes up right away. I would imagine this is spot on for everybody. Just was asking since this is bothering me. I am pretty sure this email header is where the email was sent from. Then why would it show up in different towns that are far apart if she's telling me she's emailing from the same place. Very confused on this. Maybe it's hitting / pinging a different server or the same server each time?

1 Answers
wimiadmin Staff answered 9 months ago

Hi Chris. There's no way to know 100% from where someone is sending an email. You're right in saying that they could've connected to a different server. That could happen via an internet cafe, or through their own ISP. Two ISPs based in the same town with different IPs could show two different towns when doing a geo lookup. IP location is not exact science at this point.

My suggestion is to go with your gut. If your gut is telling you you're being scammed, then you're probably being scammed. My advice is to not send money. That's usually how these things end up. Girl connects with guy, tells guy she needs funds so she can come see him, guy sends funds, girl disappears. Girl reappears, says she was robbed or a friend needed help so she used the funds guy sent to help. Now friend who promised to pay her back isn't paying her back so she asks guy for more money. Guy sends more money. Girl disappears then comes up with another excuse. It's never ending.

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