Can You Detect Where Emails Come From?

@wolfie34 (26881)
United Kingdom
December 31, 2007 9:59am CST
Is there anyway that you can tell from an email what country it's from? The reason I ask, if I send an email could I be sending it from anywhere in the world or can the recipient tell it's been sent from a particular country? My ex thinks I am abroad, if I have to email him, can he tell from the email that I am not where I say I am? How much information can you know about an email that is sent you, is it possible to find the country of origin it was sent from? Is it possible to bounce emails from a GMail account Could I set up an email account from the UK to look like it's been sent from Greece for example Thanks for your help on this one
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6 responses
@santuccie (3376)
• United States
31 Dec 07
One thing you could do is put his e-mail address on a custom filter, telling Gmail to automatically skip the inbox and trash anything from that address. I don't think Gmail itself has a bounce feature, but you could use MailWasher with it. I'm not certain about the free version, but MailWasher Pro even allows you to preview a message, just in case he switches addresses on you. If your ex is particularly savvy, he could embed code in the HTML that allows him to see when you look at it. But with something like MailWasher, the HTML is blocked. Let me know if you want help, and I'll see what I can do.
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
1 Jan 08
Thank you for your helpful response, appreciated, happy new year to you too (and I like your avatar!)
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@santuccie (3376)
• United States
1 Jan 08
No problem. Happy New Year! 2008...WOOHOO!
9 Jan 08
Most free providers have a way, weather or not you can that's a different question. some spammers hide/mask the ip address so it renders it useless. The best thing to do if you having trouble like spam or such if you outlook express, I recall a tool which can be added and it retrives all the vital data. Inside the vital data you'll find it. Let me do some research/ask some friends I'll come back help you out if you need it. I normally forward e-mails to my own inbox as I can then find the information out :) ~Joey
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 08
Thank you my friend, it looks like I've got my ex and landlord off my back now, but it was good to be armed just in case!
• Canada
31 Dec 07
I dont think that's possible if the person receiving the email knows how to track them. Your ip adress i beleive is embedded in the email which means as long as it is there, it can be traced to your country, city, even town! From there they know remotely where you are. Using an anonimized system however might work. These are known as proxies which you could use to hide your ip address.
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
31 Dec 07
Damn, I thought that might be the case, thanks.
@marinarovi (1318)
• Argentina
1 Jan 08
I think it's possible to hide the origin of the mail, but it surely depends on the person who gets it and how much he knows about computers, and what access to informations does he/she have. I mean, we each have an IP address, and that number depends on the country. The internet/mail provider knows for sure what country is it that started the email. I don't really know if this informations gets to the user or not, or how to ask for it. Secondly, I never used them, but I know there is software that helps you "hide" you IP adress and use a US one, for example. Kids use that to play games that are not allowed in their countries and such. I don't know about emails with this software. And if the recipient doesn't know ANYTHING about computers, just like me, hahaha, you can send emails from a gmail/yahoo/hotmail account and I don't think he'll know where are you sending them from... I hope I was of some help to you. Good luck!
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@williamjisir (22909)
• China
1 Jan 08
Hello dear wolfie. I cannot detect where the emails come from because there is no need for me to. But we have a kind of chatting software, called qq, is able to tell you where the other party is or where he is located while you are online. It is always interesting to know the location of the other party while using this to chat. I am sorry that I am unable to offer you any help. Anyway good luck to you and you don't have to be afraid of your ex. I think that the best solution is to talk with him face to face so that you will feel safer ever since. Good luck to you, my dear friend. Happy New Year.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
1 Jan 08
If you are a computer geek you might be able to but I do not know how..There must be someone here that can tell you though.. Best thing to do is BLOCK the sender if you get an email that you question.. Report it as spam also.. xoxoxox