How to determine where a message came from


SUMMARY

How to determine where messages originate using message headers.

DETAIL

Once the message is received by the mail client, there is no definitive way to know where the message came from prior to reaching the mail server. By viewing the message headers using a mail client, the header will show a basic history of each server the message has passed through.

If using Outlook Express, this can be done by right clicking on the message in the inbox and selecting Properties->Details.

If using Outlook, it can be done by right clicking on the message in the inbox and selecting Options.

The following should be visible:

Example:

Received: from domainname.com ([x.x.x.x]) by domainname.com with MailEnable ESMTP; Mon, 11 Jul 2005 03:29:35 -0400

Reading these "Received" headers from the bottom up will determine the delivery path used.

MORE INFORMATION

Tracking Message Path and sender location: Article ME020338

How to track messages as they pass through MailEnable?: Article ME020252

What happens when sending a mail message from web mail and how to track where the message is going?: Article ME020196



Product:MailEnable (All Versions)
Category:Operation
Article:ME020153
Module:General
Keywords:Outlook,headers,email,origin,original,sender,message,came,from
Class:HOWTO: Product Instructions
Created:24/06/2003 12:53:00 AM
Revised:Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Author:
Publisher:MailEnable