Tracing an Anonymous Email

Posted on 2004-10-01
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Is there any way to trace an abusive email sent from an anonymous emailer? The header is below, minus my the final destination to keep spammers away. I have traced the path as far as I can to italy...but beyond that I don't know what else to do. The site it refers to is not an annonymous mailer and does not look to be the beginning of the chain, but then again I don't know much about anonymous mailing, so I could be wrong. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 15:45:50 +0000
From: nobody@See.Comments.Header (Italy Anonymous Remailer)
Subject: (No Subject)
To: ******************REMOVED
Message-id: <XIVPWYRN38260.740162037@anonymous.poster>
MIME-version: 1.0
Content-type: TEXT/PLAIN
Content-transfer-encoding: 8BIT
Comments: This message did not originate from the above address. It was
 automatically remailed by one or more anonymous mail services.
Original-recipient: rfc822;***************removed
Question by:pcobs2001
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You should forward these message as attachment to and tell them that they are sending SPAM. That's the only immediate help option wth you.

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Here is a basic simple explanations and all about Remailers... do a google and would find out more.

Once you have read it , you know there is no way to trace the original mailer , otherwise it defies the purpose of remailers.

You have two options , one is to get hold of somebody and report him/her through email or WHOIS record for "" ( I don't know if I am allowed to paste any WHOIS records here but you can easily do a lookup for WHOIS using many websites on internet)

Or you can use one of the mail bouncer programs that would bounce the mail back to remailers which is configured properly would log it and might display error to the sending person saying your email account does not exist.

Good Luck
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