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    Talking How Do You Track A Spammer?

    Okay, so in my spare time I've gone "Spam hunting" whenever I get spam, I try my best to track down the sucker and e-mail the person's host, complaining.

    But most of the time I come up against e-mails that apper to be from one place, but are from another. Or links to websites where I can't track down the host.

    So lets say I track down a spammer to (random URL) . How would I find the host that is letting a place like stay up? ISP?

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    Aug 2002
    I suppose you have already checked the Full Headers of the email message?

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    Well, actually, it's on the MIME headers. Would switching it to full give me the answer I need?

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    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    San Diego, CA
    In Outlook Express you can right click on the message in the folder and click Properties. Then if you click on the Details tab you should see the message headers.

    This is an example of what you should see (it's not from a spam email, just a random message from my inbox):

    Status: U
    Return-Path: <[email protected]>
    Received: from ([])
    by robin (EarthLink SMTP Server) with ESMTP id 17YDH35iw3NZFjX0
    for <[email protected]>; Mon, 7 Oct 2002 12:37:29 -0700 (PDT)
    Received: from mail.thisdomainhasbeencensored (unverified []) by
    (Rockliffe SMTPRA 4.5.4) with ESMTP id <[email protected]> for <[email protected]>;
    Mon, 7 Oct 2002 12:31:58 -0700
    Message-ID: <[email protected]>
    Content-type: text/html
    Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 07:29:53 -0700
    From: [email protected]
    Subject: Scholarship Applications
    To: [email protected]

    (email addresses have been censored for privacy purposes)
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    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Ponchatoula, LA
    If you look at the IP address that is listed on the first 'Received:' line that is usually where the email actually originated. You can then use something like or to track down the owner of the IP. You can also just go to and paste the whole message and it will try and figure out everything for you.

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    Thank you! I'll let you know if I do suceed! Thanks!!!!
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