Tracing (or partially tracing an IP address)

Hi Folks

First timer here so be gentle :-)

I've recently received a number of threatening emails from a Hotmail address. I think they originate from a Forum I used to belong to and I'd like to trace the culprit, or more liekly, even narrow it down to a geographic area/Service Provider if possible.

I've tried using the tools at
http://www.samspade.org
to check the IP address from the email namely 62.173.97.83 to no avail  :-(

I realise this is a very inexact science but any advice much appreciated.

Regards

Andrew

62.173.97.83
 
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dmyttonCommented:
FIrstly, you can report these messages to Hotmail by e-mailing abuse@hotmail.com. Make sure you include the message headers. They will then investigate and most likely close the account.

However, I did a Network Lookup at network-tools.com and found out who the IP address belongs to, you can view the information here:

http://www.network-tools.com/default.asp?prog=network&Netnic=whois.ripe.net&host=62.173.97.83

You can then contact the owner of the IP address and explain what happened.
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omkCommented:
Name:    unallocated.star.net.uk
Address:  62.173.97.83
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Andrew_SamAuthor Commented:
Many thanks for the replies dmytton and omk.

Other knowing now that the culprit is using the ISP http://www.star.net.uk/ and reporting the problem to them (& Hotmail) am I right in assuming I can narrow it down no further?

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Andrew_SamAuthor Commented:
Many thanks for the replies dmytton and omk.

Other knowing now that the culprit is using the ISP http://www.star.net.uk/ and reporting the problem to them (& Hotmail) am I right in assuming I can narrow it down no further?

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andyalderCommented:
It's probably dynamic address so the only one who can narrow it down further is the ISP who will need to know the exact time from the email header so they can look in their radius logs to find which account it is. They're not going to tell you who it is though but they will tell the police so if it's really threatening you can forward it to your local copshop. www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crime-reduction/internet-crime3.htm
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Andrew_SamAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andy
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Andrew_SamAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andy
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dmyttonCommented:
Other than that, there is nothing else you can do really.
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Andrew_SamAuthor Commented:
Many thanks everyone
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