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Old 07-06-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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I want to find out where an email is coming from. I have aol, and any non aol mail sent, I get an expanded header with ip info, but when I click details from another aol user, I get nothing. Can anyone help? I have even tried to use another computer away from home, but got nowhere.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I want to find out where an email is coming from. I have aol, and any non aol mail sent, I get an expanded header with ip info, but when I click details from another aol user, I get nothing. Can anyone help? I have even tried to use another computer away from home, but got nowhere.
IP as in the mail server the message came from? I don't have AOL, but my guess would be that perhaps they are using a non-standard mail service within its network? Hence there is no SMTP header (similar to within an Exchange environment, you won't see a SMTP header as well). What you can do is simply lookup the MX record.... but with AOL, I'm guessing you'd have a whole list of mail servers.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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Maybe I meant an ISP number. You can look up those to see what country a mail is coming from. Even if they are using aol, say from an internet cafe in another ountry, it should still generate data, right?
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:31 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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You should. Like you said, SMTP headers will show you the entire path of the message, from the origination server to the destination server (notice I said server, not the actual computer where the message was typed). You can then us various tools to trace where those servers reside.

The problem here is that because its an AOL to AOL message, those header may not be availabe/necessary depending on how their servers are setup. Compare this to using interoffice-mail (even between countries) vs. using USPS. You (as the user) will most likey not see any USPS type of info on Interoffice communications.

Again, this is just my guess. I'm not an AOL user. But if the headers are not showing anything, most likely they are not using SMTP to pass mail within the AOL network.
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Are you trying to find the IP address of their mail server?

If they're using AOL, it'll route into their mail server and then back out to you... you might be able to track the header with an originating address, but I really don't know what good it would do you.
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