The option to view email headers in popular email services is generally hidden because it’s not something the average user is interested in. In fact, most subscribers aren’t even aware that messages can potentially be tracked by checking out the information contained in the email header. Here is how you can display these details in Hotmail, Gmail, AOL and Yahoo! Mail web services.
Select the email for which you want the header to be displayed. Click on the small downward arrow beside the “Reply” link and choose “View message source” from the drop down. This will open a new tab (browser window) and display the email source at the top of which you will find the header information.
To get to the email headers in Gmail, open the desired message, then click the arrow to the right of “Reply” and select “Show original” option. A new tab will open with the header information at the very top.
Open the message, click on the “Action” button and choose “View Message Source” from the menu. The header information is shown in a new browser window.
Assuming you are using the latest version of the Yahoo! Mail interface, open the message and click on the small ‘gear’ (More options) icon. Choose “View Full Header” to get the desired information in a pop-up.
Email messages can be tracked by the information contained in the header. Below is a sample header from a phishing email I got.
You should always look at the last “Received:” line; not the first one. That will tell you the place from where you got the message.
“21company.com”, the web address mentioned in the email, is a Japanese web site. Now why would Paypal, who have tons of heavy servers, use something in Japan?
There are many online server that will analyse email headers for you – check them out. Just copy/paste the header information and get the work done.
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