Is there a way to trace the origin of where an email was sent from?

by on September 14, 2010

Q: Is there a way to trace the origin of where an email was sent from? I received an email from a person that I don’t know, containing some personal information about myself, so obviously alarming. Is there a way to track where (state, city, specific address/computer) that this was sent from?


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    Using the e-mail’s headers you should be able to determine the sender’s IP Address.

    See this guide for details: http://www.onimoto.com/cache/50.html

    With the IP address you can get a rough geolocation as well as the name of the ISP. The ISP would be able to identify the person/account, however that type of information is usually only given to law enforcement for an investigation.

    In the event that the contents of the e-mail were threatening, or you feel you are in danger, you should file a police report.