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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tracing an email!

I am here to tell u the steps of tracing an email.

You can use a simple and free tool provided by danasoft to trace the email which some one sent u.

For this u would need to know the email header of the concerned mail.

Now the question arises : What is an email header?

An email consists of three vital components: the envelope, the header(s), and the body of the message.

In an e-mail, the body (content text) is always preceded by header lines that identify particular routing information of the message, including the sender, recipient, date and subject. Some headers are mandatory, such as the FROM, TO and DATE headers. Others are optional, but very commonly used, such as SUBJECT and CC. Other headers include the sending time stamps and the receiving time stamps of all mail transfer agents that have received and sent the message. In other words, any time a message is transferred from one user to another (i.e. when it is sent or forwarded), the message is date/time stamped by a mail transfer agent (MTA) – a computer program or software agent that facilitates the transfer of email message from one computer to another. This date/time stamp, like FROM, TO, and SUBJECT, becomes one of the many headers that precede the body of an email.

Now u all would think : How do i find an email header?

answer is simple..

For Gmail Users:
1. Open the message you want to view the headers of.
2. Click the down arrow next to the "Reply" link.
3. Select "Show Original" to open a new window with the full headers

For Windows Live Hotmail (Full Version)

1. This does not work with Safari on Mac OS X
2. Right click on the message. (From the list of emails)
3. Select "View Source"
4. A new window with the full headers and HTML source of the email will open

For Yahoo Mail "New" Version

1. Right click on the message.
2. Select "View Full Headers"
3. A new window with the full headers will open

For Yahoo Mail "Classic" Version

1. Click on the message.
2. Click "Full Headers" on the bottom right of the screen

For more preciseness I would like u all to have a glance on a sample header

Here's that:

X-SpamCatcher-Score: 1 [X]
Received: from [] (HELO
by (CommuniGate Pro SMTP 4.1.8)
with ESMTP-TLS id 61258719 for; Mon, 23 Aug 2004 11:40:10 -0400
Message-ID: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2005 11:40:36 -0400
From: Taylor Evans
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.0.1) Gecko/20020823 Netscape/7.0
X-Accept-Language: en-us, en
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: Jon Smith
Subject: Business Development Meeting
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii; format=flowed
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

* email headers should always be read from bottom to top

Once u get that header open this website in a new page or new tab

scroll down u would see a headers column there.

paste that header
and click on get source


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  1. hi friend good tricks. this is a very helpful trick.
    Thanks for sharing here

  2. Thanks for this tutorial. There are so many emails that I receive in my inbox and I don't know where the spam is coming from. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Well, the problem with the trick is we don't know whether the sender has used any proxies while sending the mail or is this his own I.P address.

  4. Wow, just in time for my friend who has been receiving anonymous emails! I will recommend your post to her! Thanks for this very useful trick. ;)

  5. I like your steps.. It best to understand the process then to rely on tools like mxtoolbox

  6. Excellent post about tracing an email. Through this we can get Good SERP

  7. The post is absolutely great! Lots of great information and inspiration, Also like to admire the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!

  8. Nice and simple!
    I use gmail most of time. Thanks you have procedure for this.

  9. Good trick. When I try this with spam I never seem to get very far, sometimes the IP address is something like

  10. Awesome! So in details. Glad to find out your post! Thankxxx!

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  14. Well if someone is using a proxy, or vpn then we won't be able to find the true identity of the sender.

  15. Well, this is really important for those who are not so updated and techie like me. New knowledge for me, thanks~!

  16. I see that you put a lot of work into this. I would have loved to have this about 2 weeks ago when somebody had tried to get me to give him my paypal info. That guy failed, but I'm curious to know where it was from etc.

  17. great information and useful post for me specially because i want to stop spammers on daily bases i receive many emails which i don't like now i can track them and will try to stop them thanks for this pretty nice sharing.

  18. Great idea!. Maybe I should start using it for tracing all those spammers and quick rich scheme emails I get.

  19. This is some useful tips here. There are lots of scammers out there and it's good to know where your mail is coming form at all times.

  20. I have been seeing alot of spoofed emails lately.

  21. In simple words tracing the email first find the headers of the email.

  22. Just the post that I need. I got so many anonymous emails with nothing but links only.

  23. In my case I don't usually check the mails which are not really familiar but then I have to know where they come from. Thanks for this post.

  24. If there were a way to figure out some spammer's home address or phone number, you could ruin his life forever.

  25. The easiest way for finding the original sender is by looking for the X-Originating-IP header, this header is important since it tells you the IP Address of the computer that had sent the email. If you can not find the X-Originating-IP header then you will have to sift through the Received headers to find the sender's ip.

  26. In fact, people who use Yahoo or Hotmail email, thinking that their true identity and location are hidden, might be very surprised to find out that the IP address of the computer used to send the spam email can be uncovered and traced with eMailTrackerPro, many times leading directly to a person.

  27. Tracing an email address: If you do not have an actual email message, but only have an email address, you can trace the address its email server. However it should be noted that email addresses can be easily forged, the results from tracing an email address may not be related to the true sender.

  28. In most cases, using an email tracking tool like eMailTrackerPro to trace an email message you have received is your best option. To trace an email message received by someone else, have them forward the message to you as an attachment (just forwarding the message itself will show them as the sender). You can then open the attached message and copy the email header, start eMailTrackerPro and paste the header for analysis.

  29. Good post,it is undoubtedly an outstanding contribution to mine

  30. This should really be done because we need to track those who are spamming.

  31. I need this on my email because I receive so many spam links coming from my friends and then I asked them about it they said they didn't send anything to me.

  32. hmmm this is pretty simple.. i wonder why i never thought about that..


  33. I like your steps because it is very helpful & informative

  34. very nice information , i will definitely going to use this thanku for this useful information.

  35. Is this tutorial really works...?? its very useful post, Thanks a lot for that.


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