How can I verify the original sender of an email?

adell October 18, 2011

How can a user could determine if an email is sent from another user and it is not a computer-generated email (spam)? What the steps in reading email’s header are required to determine the original sender of the email?

  1. Craig Stock
    October 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm


  2. Matt C
    October 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Whilst I know how to do a lot of checking of email headers etc. I've always found it far easier if I suspect an email is not legitimate, to just phone the person and ask them. You can have a nice chat at the same time too. If you don't want to phone them there's always IM, Skype, SMS etc.

  3. Mike
    October 19, 2011 at 5:54 am

    As you already said you will have to look into the full header of the email.

    The first thing you should look at is the Return-Path. Most of the time spammers will use a (seemingly) legitimate sender but the Return-Path is some cryptic or non-official address.

    Other then that you can only follow the mail hops described by the Received entries. They allow you to follow the entire path of the email took. Most important are the first two hops which are presented by the last 2 Received entries. 

  4. Jay
    October 19, 2011 at 5:50 am

    If you want to identify a mail is genuine or not, you can decide it from the matter of email,
    it may contain language like,
    Hi your name,
    your friend (I) want you to check out this site, followed by a link.
    to join sites oh health and social network.
    the purpose is to make you click their link and pretend that your friend has sent you this,. be sent by your friend.

    Sometimes spam mails are sent with the a name familiar to you which is in your contact list, and the sender mail id is different, to avoid opening this  kind of mails, hover your cursor on the mail without opening it, it will show the sender mail address.
    works in gmail.

    Use gmail to get less spam.

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