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    Hi all,

    This is Mohan from Pondicherry, India, a system admin by profession.
    Today we got a request from the local Police Department to help them
    find a person who is often sending some obscene emails to a university
    girl student.

    After going through several tutorials that told us how to gather the
    sender's ip address (for gmail - click on the "show original" to find
    the email headers
    ), I was able to gather the information from emails
    which I had received myself.

    But when I tried to get such information from the email received by
    that girl student the email headers were not present. I know that
    there are some tools to mask the ip address of the internet connection
    and maybe that malicious person is using one such software. But is
    there any way at all to get the correct ip address even if such a software is used?

    Your advice and help in this regard will be greatly appreciated and
    will help that poor student and her family.


    Mohan N, MCSE
    #60 Chetty Street,
    Pondicherry - 605001
    Mobile : 09942260694

  • #2
    Re: Finding email headers from gmail

    I would suggest the police contact GMail to obtain the information. As an official body they will get it. If the local ones cannot, I am sure there is some national anti-cyber-crime group in India who will have the knowledge and authority to obtain such information.

    If you, as a member of the public, contact GMail, you will get no-where. Leave it to the "professionals".
    Tom Jones
    MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
    IT Trainer / Consultant
    Ossian Ltd

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    • #3
      Re: Finding email headers from gmail


      Thank you very much for the suggestion... will do as advised