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where is that email coming from?


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#1 lostsoul65

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:34 PM

Is there a way to tell where an email is coming from or what country?



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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:17 PM

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-find-out-where-an-email-really-came-from-1190061668

 

http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/spoofing.php


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 06:45 AM

Email addresses can be spoofed. Email may appear to be coming from someone you know...but it isn't. That is why it is always

best not to click on any link in any email unless you are 100% sure where it will take you. Same rule applies to attachments.

Same rules apply in messengers and forums.

 

Opening spam mail tells the sender that they have a live one and will cause the sender to send you more spam.

 

You can find where 'legitimate' email originates from by viewing the information in each email header. A lot of spam and phishing emails are

sent using proxies and the info in the header will be of no value to you.

 

You can do a search for the IP address given in the header and will give you a general geographical location.


Edited by buddy215, 05 December 2015 - 11:47 AM.

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Posted 06 December 2015 - 09:49 PM

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-find-out-where-an-email-really-came-from-1190061668

 

http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/spoofing.php

 

Thanks this is very helpful.   I knew how to get the info to appear but I wasn't clear on which precise lines held the key/answer.   This will be a valuable reference next time I want to check.



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 09:58 PM

Email addresses can be spoofed. Email may appear to be coming from someone you know...but it isn't. That is why it is always

best not to click on any link in any email unless you are 100% sure where it will take you. Same rule applies to attachments.

Same rules apply in messengers and forums.

 

Opening spam mail tells the sender that they have a live one and will cause the sender to send you more spam.

 

You can find where 'legitimate' email originates from by viewing the information in each email header. A lot of spam and phishing emails are

sent using proxies and the info in the header will be of no value to you.

 

You can do a search for the IP address given in the header and will give you a general geographical location.

 

Don't people have anything better to do?   I have noticed this problem at various times - the first time it actually caused an "issue" believing someone I new had sent something questionable.

 

Now that I am aware of the issue I usually can spot them before I open them - they usually say something either openly suggestive or else non-committal to pique your interest.    I figure if its anything important the subject line will be something that is self-explanatory.   Things like "notice about your credit account approval" automatically goes into the trash can.  

 

You have verified what I only suspected that just by opening the mail even if you didn't use a link you could be creating problems for yourself so its good to know for sure. 

 

Lots of times it will  have other email addresses from my contacts that don't know each other so it seems obvious that somehow they know more than I want them to - not sure how or why.

 

But this article is helpful because like I said its something more credible than just my instincts. So anyway thanks for posting. 

 

Btw - the "general geopgraphic location" seems like many of the ones I've bothered to check are Russia or China or Japan.  SPAMCOP I used that for a while but its been over 5 years ago it was interesting at the same time confusing.  You could lodge complaints and they had a procedure - I think after so many complaints or something.  :thumbup2:


Edited by JayJax, 06 December 2015 - 10:02 PM.


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Posted 06 December 2015 - 10:27 PM

 

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-find-out-where-an-email-really-came-from-1190061668

 

http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/spoofing.php

 

Thanks this is very helpful.   I knew how to get the info to appear but I wasn't clear on which precise lines held the key/answer.   This will be a valuable reference next time I want to check.

 

Your welcome. Thought those two links pretty well covered what you wanted to know.

 

Best wishes for the holidays...........SAW101


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 12:08 AM

 

 

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-find-out-where-an-email-really-came-from-1190061668

 

http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/spoofing.php

 

Thanks this is very helpful.   I knew how to get the info to appear but I wasn't clear on which precise lines held the key/answer.   This will be a valuable reference next time I want to check.

 

Your welcome. Thought those two links pretty well covered what you wanted to know.

 

Best wishes for the holidays...........SAW101

 

You too - happy holidays whether it is Christmas, or Hannukah or whatever.   Have a good one.

 

btw your second link answers explains the emails including my friends that did not know each other yet "they" were exchanging emails.  If there is trouble to be found there is a will and a way apparently. :tophat:


Edited by JayJax, 07 December 2015 - 12:11 AM.





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