Did a friend really send me this? How do you decode where a spam email came from?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
October 13, 2018 12:13pm CST
I just got one of those "I just thought you want to see this (link)" emails, ostensibly from a friend. Of course I didn't open the link. When I hit reply, the following came up: (my friend's name)firstname.lastname@example.org. I assume it wouldn't be too hard to figure out where the email came from, but I don't know how to do it. Do you sometimes get email from "friends" that aren't really from friends? Has your name ever been used? I think my actual email address was used a few years ago. I just changed my password.
19 people like this
• Aurora, Missouri
There are some really good free ip address tracers, pony... Here is the one I've used when something about the email seems "off". It gives easy to follow instructions (for me). If you have any trouble understanding the steps there, please let me know. I'll do everything I can to help you with it.
• Anniston, Alabama
I have a business email, and I can say that more and more I am getting spam. I do not email many people, most of my online friends are here and facebook. Family calls me soooo... .. Hey wait! that sounds sad. "Shrugs" Nope I am all good.
• Aurora, Missouri
I posted a link in my response to pony that explains how to find an email header and gives the search tool to see where the email really came from, if it's possible. If the email is really a spam email, then the sender probably didn't make it easy to trace him/her, though. *shrug* There is only so much people can do, even with the training a professional gets.
@TheHorse I was expecting a package and I was sent this UPS tracking number then... kaboom.. my hard disk went crazy I have to buy an antivirus from this site and so on... so I just reformatted my laptop. what's bad is all the software that I installed there were all licensed including my adobe, because the IT people in school are my friends, so I took the licensed from school's we have a perpetual and unlimited number of users.