You received a threatening email from an unknown email and you want to know who sent it to you? Or some junk email and you just want to know where it’s coming from.
Well, you stumbled upon the right blog article as it’s really simple; you have to go to the source.
In this blog article, I’ll show you where to look to find out who sent you that nasty piece of their mind in email form.
How to locate email source – Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Outlook are just Email servers
Now whether it is Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Outlook, the process is fundamentally the same.
Log into your Gmail account with your username and password. Then open the email in question. Then locate the source headers of the email, which will contain the IP Address from which the email originated.
In the case of Google it’s located as follows; Click on the drop-down menu beside the reply button. Then select Show Original.
In the case of Yahoo Mail, it’s located as follows; Click on the More…. button. Then select View Raw Message.
In the case of Microsoft Outlook, it’s located as follows; Click on the drop-down menu beside the reply button. Then select View Message Source.
In all cases, you’ll see a jumble of code; this is the machine language that servers use to speak to each other when sending email. Simply search for anything that says “Received from” and also look for the name of the server e.g. src-jamaica-org, jnbs.com, or team.gigajob.net, as the correct IP address is usually located there.
In the case of Gmail it will look like this.
In the case of Yahoo Mail it will look like this.
In the case of Microsoft Outlook it will look like this.
Once you have it, you can then copy it and use an IP address lookup service e.g. http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip-lookup to find the originating server from which the email was sent. Sharing is caring so share this helpful article with your friends.