Retrieve source of an email

By john_loi ·
I will try bo be brief, anyhow my Boss has instructed me to find the source of an email message. It was sent through a gmail account. Is there any way were i can tell whether the mail originated from within our network or sent from outside out network. Please if anyone can assist in this. Thank you

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Hi John,

by SmartAceW0LF In reply to Retrieve source of an ema ...

the method for retrieving the original email headers from a given email vary depending upon client used. You can search google to determine the correct one for your email application. ex. search term would be "view original email header Outlook 2007" minus the quotation marks. Once you have the original opened, highlight and copy the header info and then paste it into the box located at mxtoolbox dot com/emailheaders.aspx -I think you know how to correct the url here- and click the button labeled "Analyze Header". It will return a complete profile of the header that is much easier to understand.

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by john_loi In reply to Hi John,

Thank you, well said.

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by john_loi In reply to Retrieve source of an ema ...

Thank you smartacewolf that was what i was looking for.

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Seek expert advice.

by leifnel In reply to Retrieve source of an ema ...

If the boss wants to trace the origin of the message, the contents must be somewhat controversial. So it is very possible that the sender has faked the traces in the header, which is easily done, perhaps even in the attempt to incriminate someone on the inside.

Not to insult the poster, but someone needing to ask how to look for headers is not having the practice in determining true from false headers, and correctly point the finger at someone.

If there is indeed a need to have something, which can be taken as admittable evidence (sp?), you need access to logs, which could require police or FBI and subphoenas to get.

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