There may be some situations in which you want to trace the origins of an email you received. In most cases, the reason is to track down a spammer in order to report him/her to the proper authorities. Right now I am in the middle of playing along with an amateur scammer who is trying to con me out of some money (when it is all played out I will do a complete blog post with that story). Tracing an email would come in handy in a case like that.
There is a website that makes it easy for you to trace an email. Here it is.
Before going to that site, you need to get the email header information from the email itself. The header is where all the details are about that email – sender, receiver, date, IP address of the sender, etc. (If you are not sure how to get the header of an email, here are the instructions.)
When you have found the email header info, highlight all of it and hit Ctrl + C on your keyboard. Then, go to the website I linked to above and click once inside the big text box labeled “”. Once it is all in there, click the button that says “Trace email sender”.
The next screen will show you an analysis of the email, including a map showing the geographical location where it originated. It won’t give you the name and address of the sender, but at least the information provided may guide you in the right direction.
Of course, this is not foolproof. Professional spammers have software that creates “spoof” header information in order to remain anonymous.
This week’s video is a commercial for a product I have not heard of before. Have any of you used a snot bottle? Interesting idea anyway.