Find IP Addresses

  Rick7 19:40 10 Aug 2006
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It would be useful for me to be able to find an IP address from an email so that I can identify if it is a genuine enquiry or from someone with an unpleasant agenda.

I have heard that an IP address can be obtained by requesting a "read receipt" but it would be useful to know before I start entering into reciprical emails with the prospective client.

Does anyone know how I can do this.

Thanks

Richard

  sean-278262 19:42 10 Aug 2006

Im not sure what you think knowing the IP address of a person will help you to do. All the IP address tells you is where the email came from and even these can be masked.

  Jak_1 19:49 10 Aug 2006

Even if you were to trace the ip addy this would not be helpful as most on adsl at least have dynamic addy's that change each time they connect to the net.
Doing an ip trace using something like smartwhois will normally only reveal the isp.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:52 10 Aug 2006

The IP address will only tell you the name of the persons' server..tiscali, BT etc. It will tell you nothing else unless the IP is fixed and if someone was trying to be dodgy, a fixed IP is not the one of choice.

G

  sean-278262 19:52 10 Aug 2006

I didnt think of that bit also as Jak pointed out. Whoising the address will either get you an ISP, a genuine user (through masking), or will cause you to find a not so genuine user that appears normal.

If it concerns you so much about spamming then get a second email address and set it to forward to your current one, then when spam becomes a problem get a new one. The easy way is something like [email protected] then [email protected] when the first is useless.

  Rick7 20:34 10 Aug 2006

The problem that I have is that I rent out my home in Florida but there are a number of people who try to con us.

The usual scenario is for there to be a co.uk email address but the email may have originated from e.g. Nigeria.

What I am trying to do is to identify these.

If anyone has any suggestions then I would be gratful.

Thanks

Richard

  sean-278262 20:37 10 Aug 2006

Get a spam filter. These usually can remove the unwanted rubbish. If you really want to solve the problem my advice would be to speak to an agent and get them to do the work for you renting the place out.

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