How to trace fake email address

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For the past week, I've been receiving an email from a fake email address (they're pretending to be a family member). I want to find this member so I can send it to the police. How can I trace this email?

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Depending on what you use for an email service there may be little you can do in that respect. If you can see the full email header , that may give you some information so you can block the sender or their domain. This is just like spam email and very hard the true sender. In cases like this you need to track thing by IP and that is not an easy thing to do. Let us know what you are using for email and we be be able to help you stop the junk. The other thing to consider, if it looks like it’s coming from someone you know, have them run a virus scan to make sure they have not been affected and you should run one as well.

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  • TheRealRaven
    First, which "police"? Unless the e-mails contain credible personal threats, it's unlikely that any local police would have any interest (or ability or jurisdiction). Depending on where you are in the world, there might be a regional or state agency or federal agency that would accept copies of the e-mails to add to their databases. Accepting copies is about the limit of what any agency can and will do.

    Second, you can look at the full e-mail headers to see the IP addresses of devices that handled the item along its route. Working backwards, you can find the address of the (nominal) originating device. That address tels what network was hosting the (nominal) originating device. You might forward e-mails with a complaint to the owner of that network to see if any action results.

    The devices are "nominal" because they might be compromised and actually controlled from somewhere else. If so, malware on them might get cleaned up, but a determined sender will simply move control over a different device.

    In short, it's probably best simply to ignore/delete any unexpected unusual e-mails. You might ask a "sender" if they really sent it, but that's about the most that's practical to do.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Generally it depends on what email client are you using now. However you can try this, login into your email account. Open the email whose sender details you want to see. Click on Show details. Now it shows all basic information about the email.
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