RE: tracing the real destination of a fraud email




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Post Thu Aug 17, 2006 6:53 pm

RE: tracing the real destination of a fraud email

I recently got a string of email letters from fraudulant sources. I was wondering if there was a way to make my email seek out their real location and report it to the proper authorities. Just one of the many things that makes me want to enter this field. Is it possiblr to make email do this for me with Yahoo mail, or would I have to change my incoming and outgoing mail to a private server in my care that is programmed in the SMTP and POP functions to take this action every time I get one?


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Post Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:26 pm

Re: RE: tracing the real destination of a fraud email

You meant to say "tracing the real source of a fraud email ".

You have to have access to the header. You will find the senders IP in the first line (from the bottom up) labled "Received". Some web-mail services don't give you acces to the headers. For Yahoo mail check down on the botom right hand side and click on "Full Headers". Most mail applications such as Thunderbird, Kmail, Outlook etc, will let you see the headers.
Last edited by Negrita on Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Post Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:43 am

Re: RE: tracing the real destination of a fraud email

If you want to send a reply to a fraud email and trace where it goes there are several methods you can use, none of which are foolproof and many are quite ,"Noisy".

You could request a read receipt from the recipient. Few email readers automatically send a receipt but many promt the user to send one in response to a request. If youyr fraudster is a little dim they may not read the prompt and just click OK.

You could insert a web bug into a HTML email. You can use a <img> tag for a 1x1 transparent gif, with an image URL to your web server for example and look at the access logs to see which IP address requested the image. Depending on the recipient mail client you may also be able to execute JavaScript although most web based mail readers filter out client side scripting.

Several companies offer email tracking services which combine several techniques to give you an IP address, a read confirmation and details of how long the recipient spend reading the email. Check out who offer a free trial of their service so you can check it out.


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