Need to trace anonymous email?

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  1. gmans46 macrumors regular

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    Hi, I am president of a company and today I recieved an following email from a "fake" gmail account, I recieved it in my outlook inbox at work I was just wondering if there was a way I could track it as I am very curious to know who it is.
    "If
     
  2. MacBookPro13" macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely a MacBook Pro issue. You have come to the right place.
     
  3. gmans46 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i know it isnt a mbp issue but you guys know your **** I was just wondering if it was possible
     
  4. MacBookPro13" macrumors 6502a

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    Post the contents of the message.

    It might just be a phishing scam or something like that. I am sure if it was anything important you would know about it.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's entirely possible and common to "spoof" an email address, so you won't be able to track where it came from. Spammers use this technique all the time.
     
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  7. gmans46 thread starter macrumors regular

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    its not a spoof we hired an employee at 430 today then I recieved an email at 6 asking how I hired him when we said we had no openings (which isnt true) and then he said he would be looking into the "malpractice" I dont really care about that I just want to know who he is
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If the address came from a fake account, the address was indeed spoofed. You won't be able to tell who sent it.
     
  9. gmans46 thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright thanks Ill have our tech guy check it out in the morning
     
  10. MacBookPro13" macrumors 6502a

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    Why waste his time? He won't be able to do anything...
     
  11. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    You could trace it down to the originating IP, but unless it was a matter of personal security, most provider's won't give this much merit. Even getting it to the originating IP won't reveal much unless it is considered a security concern, the provider will need something in the way of "official" backing to reveal that information. Since anyone can get a gmail address in this day and age, you will be hard pressed to even be able to trace it. Someone whom wanted to hide their identity and went to these lengths would probably fake everything and post from a public computer (like at the library). Like others said, I would write it off.
     
  12. blueroom macrumors 603

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    From College to President of a company in less than a month. :)
     
  13. NewToMac11 macrumors member

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    look for the person who you did not hire and told there were no openings
     
  14. kidaquarius macrumors member

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    Pwnd. Lulz.

    [sent from my android]
     
  15. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Looks like he/she was trying to get info on how to spoof an email that can't be traced. Maybe they were the one that didn't get the job??
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    LOL! Good catch! Well, he didn't say how big the company was! He's the president. And the janitor. And the "tech guy" that he's going to ask to check it out in the morning! Busy student! LOL! My guess is the email didn't come from someone about a job... more like a bully or a lover's spat. Especially since there's no such thing as "malpractice" in the scenario described.
     
  17. blueroom, Mar 22, 2011
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    Seems like the OP has amscray'd

    "Cleanup on asile five"

    Sure makes this statement funnier.
     
  18. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    Speechless...reading the posts he left...idk how he's a president ._.
     
  19. gecis macrumors regular

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    haha, this thread is funny as hell! Pawned on top of pawned = Double Pawned
     
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  23. And1ss macrumors 6502a

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    Caught and pwned on the internet. That's the epitome of fail. haha

    Also, I think he made this story up because he got an email from someone (maybe a friend) and he wants to know who sent it to him.
     

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