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How to track Fraud, Junk, and spam Emails Print E-mail

How to determine what address to report spam to
If you receive any other type of suspicious email from an address you don't know, follow these steps to report it:

1. View full header information. Click here for instrucitons.

2. Determine the origin of the email message. With the full header information visible and reading from top to bottom, look for the last line that starts with "Received". In this line, look for the number enclosed in square brackets. This is the IP address of the sender's email server. You will need this address to complete the next step.

Sample full header:

Return-Path:

Received: from mailmule0.mindspring.com (mailmule0.mindspring.com [204.180.128.191]) by mailgrunt1.mindspring.com (8.7.4/8.7.3) with ESMTP id TAA09377 for : Mon, 24 Feb 1997 19:30:43 -0500 (EST)

Received: from LOCALNAME (user-37kb512.dialup.mindspring.com [207.69.148.34]) by mailmule0.mindspring.com (8.8.4/8.8.4) with SMTP id TAA00875; Mon, 24 Feb 1997 19:30:34 -0500 (EST) Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 19:30:34 -0500 (EST)

Message-Id:

X-Sender: X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 1.5.4 (16)

Organization: MindSpring Enterprises Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

To: MindSpring Technical Support Desk From: Subject: Reading Mail Headers Cc:

3. Determine the owner of the IP address. You will now need to go to a Web site that will identify who owns the IP address. One such site is

http://www.domainwhitepages.com
Either copy and paste or manually enter the sender's IP address in the appropriate text box on the site and click Go. The "domain whois" record for the address will be displayed. Look for the address OrgName. You will need the OrgName to complete the next step.

There are other sites that offer whois information on IP addresses. Feel free to use the site you are most comfortable with.

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