Just a few minutes ago I posted a scam / spam I received via email. In it, the person claims to be in Benin. Please be aware that although their location according to their IP address may display this actual location the email itself is still very likely from a scammer. So do yourself a favour and just ignore them.
Anyway, the great thing about Gmail is that it allows you to trace the source of email. This will be useful if your spouse claims to be in another country on business when they are in fact having an affair with someone in another city. This is just an example of course.
If you are on Gmail, here’s how to trace the source of the email, and for this example I will use the spam mail mentioned on my most previous entry.
1 – Open the email and at the top right-hand corner next to ‘Reply’ you will see a down arrow. Click on this arrow and select ‘Show Original’.
2 – A new window will open with a bunch of source-code looking characters. Select the codes right above the start of the email text, and then copy it.
3 – On a new browser, type up: http://whatismyipaddress.com/trace-email or any similar websites and paste the header on the text box available on the page.
4 – Click on ‘Get Source’.
5 – Scroll to the bottom where it says ‘Analysis’.
You should then be able to see the location of the email’s sender.