How do I track an email by its I.P. Address?

Joseph Stewart May 23, 2012
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Is there a way to trace an anonymous email back to the sender, using the sender’s IP? It is not spam, as it was personally directed to me. I tried to track the IP but it takes me to a generic provider like, and I assume the provider won’t disclose that information.

I’d like to actually see the account holder contact information, location, etc. It might be useless as the person probably used fake information, or a more savvy one used things like proxies, Tor, so forth.

Aside from the Federal level (who might force the provider to release info), I assume there is a way people like private investigators get it done. Paid online services? It’s just a prank, but it sparked my curiosity about IP tracing. Thanks for your feedback.

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