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Is there a way to look up an IP address and tell where an email originates from?

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Nope

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Nope. You can trace an IP address to a specific ISP or company, but that's about as far as you can go with it without getting assistance from the company/ISP. And IP addresses in email headers can easily be spoofed, so you never know how reliable they are (or aren't).

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How do you do this

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How do you trace an IP address to a specific ISP or company, no matter how accurate it is or not?

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Try this

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ip2location.com

Put in the IP and hope the information is accurate. Chances are the ISP will be accurate.

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Not yet.

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Unless you in is some three or four letter government agency that collects all the data over the internet the answer is no.

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Not to a direct physical location.

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Only the ISP knows the exact location of the IP address. That's mainly why the American government can't go and reach exact people for downloading illegal material in Canada.

The American Government wants the Canadian ISPs to give out the exact physical locations so they can send Canadian police authorities to them but the privacy policies state they they (ISP) cannot give out physical locations of their clients.

So as for your question: No.

If you check in the e-mail's sources and find an IP destination you may always track that one to get a general sense of the ISP the person has.

p.s. Even for physical locations... The person might be communicating through a proxy server thus giving you another IP which is completely irrelevant to the person's actual where abouts.

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Let me put it this way

In reply to: Not to a direct physical location.

How can I track where an IP address is supposed to come from? Suppose I get an email in which the person says that they are from South Dakota. I want to look up the IP address and see if that is where it is supposed to be from.

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As I said

In reply to: Let me put it this way

Even if you track the IP address there's a chance it won't be accurate. Example: I live in the Greater Toronto Area and when I track my IP address it says that I live in Mississauga. I live a good 120km from Mississauga.

The only way you can be absolutely sure where the person lives is if you contact your ISP and they tell you where it comes from (which they're not allowed to).

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Ok then

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Could you tell me how you tracked your IP address to this other town somewhat near you? Where did you go to do this?

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k

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Google Search

It traced it as Mississauga because that's probably where my ISP's serves are for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) region.

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