How do I find out who sent me this email and where they are located?

Kat Asks:

Hi Jack,

I hope you could help me with a question I’m having. I’ve read your article, but I wasn’t able to find an answer to my question.

I have received an email from an email address I am not familiar with, although the content was in personal tone.

I guess that it was sent by a dynamic IP address so I understand I cannot be sure about the person who sent it, but can I be sure about the location?

So, for example I’m seeing that the email has been  from New York. Can I be sure that the location is correct?


Hi Kat,

There are a few things you can do here:

Check the headers:
Ensure the email address is from an actual mailbox, and that it wasn’t spoofed (which can easily be done).

Search for the email address:
If the headers of the email sound legitimate, search to see who actually owns the email address

If you still can’t find who the emails belongs to:

Find the originating IP address of the email (look for the IP address where it says Received: from), and enter the IP address into lookup services like
Though, in doing so, you won’t find the location of the person using the IP address, but more the person who owns the IP address.

I hope this gives you something to look into.

Jack Cola

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