Check the IP address of the email sent to your email box

Whenever you receive an email, the first thing you look for is the sender’s name (or email address). This gives you a clue regarding the importance of the message and possibly the content. But in addition to the content of the message and the sender’s address, there are many other hidden features that almost no one finds. This is because most email clients hide this option to make room for a simpler and cleaner user interface. And among the different types of information, one contains the IP Address of the sender. To trace the email back to its source, we will also use the IP address.

An IP address is an Internet protocol address assigned to each device connected over the internet. But the address is not plain English text but in numeric format. For example, is an IP address (albeit a reserved one). Using this IP Address you will be able to pinpoint the exact location of the sender. So the next time you receive spam emails, you can very well know exactly who is sending these emails. Let us start with instructions on how to track email back to its source.

Tracing emails back to their Source

  1. Open Gmail web version on your desktop or PC.
  2. Go to the desired email for which you want to track its source and open it.
  3. Now you will have to see original Belgian letter, ie the message with all the hidden information. Different browsers have different methods for accessing this option. In this tutorial, we used the Chrome browser to trace the email back to its source. You can try this with any email client that is capable of displaying the original email. Here’s how you can access this option in different browsers:
  4. For Google Chrome, click the three vertical dots to the right of the message (to the right of the Reply icon). Then, from the long list of options, select the option Initial display .
  5. If you are using Outlook, please Navigate to File > Properties > Internet header.
  6. For users Apple Mail, go to See > message > Raw source.
  7. When you click Show original, you will be taken to a new page with tons of information. Using the information provided on this page, we will trace the email back to the original source. Moreover, if you ever deleted an email by mistake, then recover permanently deleted email in Gmail.
  8. At the top of the page you will see a section with Message ID, Created At, From, etc. You need to find the section SPF . Here’s what Google has to say about SPF:

    Spammers may send emails that appear to come from your domain. This is called spoofing. You can add a sender policy (SPF) record to your domain name server to help your recipients know where to send email from your domain and that they can’t be spoofed.

  9. In section SPF , you will have IP address plan. Just copy this IP address.
  10. Finally, search for any IP tracking site on Google and enter the copied IP Address to trace the email back to its source.

So with this you have successfully traced the email back to its source. Likewise, you will be able to get complete information about source, location, DNS, Reverse DNS, ISP name and more from IP tracking website. These tracking sites also provide 3-D map geolocation finder. You can have its help as well.


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