Tracing the Author of a Spam Email

The internet is a huge community where people from all over the world can communicate and work together. The internet is not affected by international boundaries which means the online community is bigger than the population of any country. It is almost impossible to police the internet because it's far too big. That's why we all need to help out when it comes to keep the internet safe.


Email is one of the most convenient ways to communicate on the internet. Not only is it free but it's also quick and easy to trace. The only real problem with email is that spam can make it virtually unusable. If it wasn't for spam then email would be much more useful than it is.

Spam is thought to make up around 70-80% of all the email sent, which is an amazing proportion. This is costly to businesses because lots of time is wasted dealing with it.

Tracing Spam

Most people receive spam messages and want to find out what they can do about them. Spam is actually illegal and so you can report it to the ISP and the authorities. It's also possible to do some detective work of your own to find out some details about the email.

If you received an email and you have no idea where it came from then you can do some tracing. Sometimes you might receive an email from someone you don't know with information that you don't understand. This might make you want to consider a reverse search on the email address.

Searching for Addresses

A great thing is that you are able to find out who really sent the email. It's a good idea to find out the address because you might discover that it's someone who you actually want to talk to. It's also possible to find out who is sending you the message if it is spam. This makes it possible to report the people to the authorities.

There are loads of email scams out there and these can be very damaging if you actually accept one of them. You should do everything you possibly can to detect the sender of the message so that you can put an end to it. If you can manage this then it will be possible to prevent anyone else from falling for the same scam.

There are a number of different tools which you can use to track down the sender of the email. You can get their IP address, and also analyze the header.

Most people's inboxes are full of phishing scams and other spam emails. If you can do some detective work of your own and find out who sent it in the first place then you should be able to put an end to it. One spam email might not seem that important but the same person is probably responsible for millions of different emails to other people.

Using reverse lookup tools is a very easy way to find out the real person who sent the email. Some of these services are available for free while others are available as part of a premium services.

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Spyware has many ways of getting onto your computer, such as:

When you download programs - particularly freeware, or peer-to-peer sharing programs.

More covertly, spyware can install itself just by you visiting certain sites, by prompting you to download an application to see the site properly.

ActiveX controls. These pesky spyware makers will prompt you to install themselves while using your Internet browser