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How To Find The IP Address From An E-mail

Updated on March 24, 2014

. . .An IP Address

An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device (e.g., computer, printer) participating in a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication

Source: Wikipedia

I have been concerned by Emails sent to my friends here at HP. And they suggested a tutorial on how to find the IP address of the sender. IP addresses were assigned to any device connected to the Net.

ARPANET, way back in 1969, wanted to link all the Computers from Our Military in case there could be an attack from a foreign Country(cold war). Eventually they thought it was fine to do the same with our Universities. IP stands for "Internet protocol" therefore IP address is the license plate and location of the terminal where you are working from, in this case my laptop. When I make a comment on any hub, you might have noticed these weird numbers 122:343:300 in shady gray. That tells anyone your actual location and that can help us to find out who is really behind those Emails. There is an army of cheap software engineers that try to get5 hold of our emails to resend crap spam or stupid pills, using your email to resend them to your friends. They get their 10 dollars a day pay, but for them is worth a 200 dollars of food in those poor Countries.



In our case we open our mail at Yahoo. and you see the regular Email from a sender. All is cool, headers, hello, take care. But where is the IP that we need to get hold of.


This can be disheartening but take it like a task. In the case of Yahoo, we clicked on the More actions button, it can recognized by the little gear pic, like in any cellphone. We look for "VIEW FUL HEADER"


In Gmail you can go to the upper right corner, NEXT TO REPLY, there is a insignificant arrow that will highlight vMORE, a new window will open with options as print, source or mark as unread but you want to be smart today and:

Look for "SHOW ORIGINAL", meaning show the source of the programming.

What is troublesome for the 'newbee'.. is to see all these numbers and crazy programming headers that web designers see and make use of.

OUR TARGET IN THE MESSY LOOKING HTML (hypertext markup language)

In Yahoo, your target is locate this simple sort of equation:

X-Originating-IP: []

You are smart enough to look for this X-Originating. Think of using your ATM card for the first time, you get prompted and you just follow the instructions, right?

To give you a little tip, you will find it right at the middle of these unintelligible Chinese puzzle words.

In the case of Gmail, is about the same, but you will be shown an Original Email with all its content. You will have to look for something like this

( [])

Your needle in the HAYSTACK IS found:, paste it and hold on to it

The key is just practice, make mistakes and do it again. No worries.

Now there are thousands of places where you can take this info and paste it in it and after refreshing the site,, you will find and get the city, the map and all you need to know about the sender. The IP above is from tweeter and most likely will show Palo Alto or silicon Valley as the originating address.

To get a quick result we take our "X-Originating-IP: []"

to a site like this:

scroll down and look for a paragraph locator's:

IP Address to locate: ___________ SUBMIT/

Paste THE SNATCHED IP address (just the numbers) and submit; (REFRESH)

In a matter of seconds you will get what you were looking for.

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  • Lord De Cross profile image

    Joseph De Cross 4 years ago from New York

    The article or hub breaks down the process of finding the IP address if emailing occurred. Bouncing could mean misspelling or bad portals. The easiest way is to Google your concern. Many geeks solved unbelievable tech questions.

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    nancy H 4 years ago

    I am chatting with a guy now for so long through yahoo messenger , and the same id which could be used as email usually, dosent work as I tried to send him email it bounced. He gave me another email address with his first and last name and that email keep bouncing too..I was not able to send him any email and he can not explain either. can I find his location or ip address through the email address he gave me.. I was not able to send email but as I've researched the email address his picture appeared online. meaning the email address is valid but I don't know why it keep bouncing? could you help to explain please


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago from New York

    Byshea, use your 5 minutes of thinking, and read some feedback from commenters; you will be glad you stopped by. Good luck!

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    Shea 5 years ago

    Great info. It's interesting to see how that works. Now if I can only figure out how to use it to try and stop spam that is forwarded to me from my fathers contacts.....

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago from New York

    Go for the next IP available going two lines down

    what happens is that you got the server's IP. Just look for another one, that is totally different. Just have patience, and you will find it. Good luck!

    P.S. The original source is shown as I said, you just need to look for it!

    So you being in Sherman Oaks, tells me that you are in CA

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    Luigi 5 years ago

    I tried to follow the guide. From my yahoo inbox I selected the subject, right click it and selected Full Header. The person who's sending me the email is using Gmail. Now, keep in mind, this person lives in Miami Beach. However, all his emails show me this "X-Originating-IP: []", and when I looked it up, it tells me it's from California (which is Google Gmail net name).

    Is Google not allowing me to see the original source? Am I doing something wrong?

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hi there Sharyn's slant,

    You have good memory then...! We put together this hub, on MissOlive's request, and the rest is History. Thanks for keeping this hub available for you and your loved ones.


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    Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Great info Lord (and I remember how quick you pulled this together) - you are awesome. Bookmarking now!

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    Ehtesham12 6 years ago from Islambad

    Nice hub...I never think to trace IP address of anyone.Very Helpful

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    You are welcome Fayysbabu,

    You can pass it on to your family. For some reason, there is always an issue that comes forward sooner or later. Take care my friend!


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    fayyasbabu 6 years ago

    Excellent hub.. Thanks for giving this information.

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    You are welcome JEyaraMD,

    Is so annoying to recieve a harsh email, and if we warn them that we know where they are ...they will say oops! She/he means businness, bye!


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    jeyaramd 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information. I hope there is no need to look up someone's IP. However, its nice to have a geographical location to some annoying repeat emails. Thanks so much. If not for myself, I am sure there are many people who refuse nonsense from others from time to time. Thanks again for your clear instructions with video. This is great.

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    You are welcome Peggy W. and rustic Living(AKA vocalcoach daughter) You ladies deserve a practical explanation..and we did it with much explain it to my mom. See? came out great!


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    Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

    Great Hub Lord! I have had a few emails over the years that I wish I had known their origination. *hrrrmmmmffff*

    Thank you.. voted Up and useful!



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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Thank you very much for this information. Plan to pass it on to others and bookmark for future reference. Will try practicing this and see what I can learn. Rated up, useful and interesting.

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Thank you MissOLIVE,Praactical Mommy, Mary615 and Rajan JOLLY..MUCH appreciated and glad to see that the word is out for my friends. This is just a little helper especially when we get nasty emails from all over the world. Did you know that they have sweatshops just to try to get your password and resend a pill or simply a dieting Email? This is a shame!!


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    Rajan Singh Jolly 6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    This is going to be useful. Thanks for sharing and putting it in such simple words.

    I'm bookmarking for future reference.

    Voted up.

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    Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

    Thanks for all this great info, Lord. You are brilliant! I've bookmarked it, so I can come back and reread. Voted UP, etc.

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    Marissa 6 years ago from United States

    Great advice, Lord! I had no idea you could do this.. Very useful information!

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    Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

    Hi Lord! This one slipped right under the MissOlive radar - must have been the holiday weekend! Guess what? I found this on Digg! Proof that it works! yay!

    I'm going to bookmark and try your steps. Looks kinda easy; once I actually learn the steps that is. Thanks for adding the video too! THANK YOU for putting this together - you ROCK! :)

    Voted up and sharing!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hi there Angela P,

    Sure is a very important hub and it goes straight to business. You don;t need much to learn and is explained step by step. Take care!


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    angela p 6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    Thank you so much for this hub. I was just needing this info the other night when receiving very nasty comments on some of my hubs. I was able to get the IP address and thanks to some very helpful hubbers I was able to find the location. Still wish I could find out exactly who it was though. Great information to have!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hello Vinaya,

    I agree with you. So many predators that want to ge thold of your email and use it as a bridge for spam. We like it and we use it as well. Thanks for stopping by!


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    Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

    This is informative and useful. I'm bookmarking it.

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    You are welcome Thougfhorce,

    We did it in order to hekp our friends to help themselves in this cyber world.


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    Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

    Brilliant, Thanks for this great information that is easy to understand! This is so useful. Bookmarked and thanks for sharing,


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Thanks to you Gypsy Rose!

    You are a loyal follower, I wonder if there is an award for that. The best Follower of the year.


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hello Nancy and picklesandrufus,

    We did this tutorial in order to help our friends. We had our basics and we went for it. Glad to be helpful and thanks for stopping by.


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    Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Thanks for the great info!

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    picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

    Gosh, thanks for taking the time to explain!!

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    Nancy Owens 6 years ago from USA

    Very informative, especially for beginners who need well-written advice and instruction, like me!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hi there Poohgranma,

    I feel better, knowing that you ladies have understood the main thing, how to hack the IP from a program, that at first might look like a no-no! Happy New Year!


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York


    This was an easy hub...just ask Cagsil, but we tried to make it readable for the average friend. I'm happy you understood..and no! No blonde jokes, neither red or blue. Happy New Year and thanks!


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Thanks Sunshine 625 for the follow, Congrats! on your 500 Followers. Glad you understood all this mindwrecker. Happy New year my partner in crime!!


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hi THERE Sunnie Day,

    This was a hub suggested by our friends at FB. We knew what to write and everything..after we got Melbel Blessings(you know?). We explained this to our friends in a very understandable manner.. No blonde jokes for Tammy for now. Thanks Sunnie and have a wonderful new Year!


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    HI Ardie!!

    Aw! you always comment in a cute way, my redheaded blosoming girl from Ohio. I did this because MissOlive asked us so. By now we knew how to make a quick and useful hub. Thanks for being yourself!


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York


    This is easier than a kamasutra book. Here you go to the point. On the other one, you have to warm up and do your own testing and the angle in that Trigonometric tangent is too obtuse to get a paradigmatic answer. So, we did this for the ladies..who by now are having a good drink for the new year. Happy New Year Cags!


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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Tammy Swallow,

    What do you mean about no blonde jokes? I know some, but actually I should work on a hub about the Blonde side of the World. I Thanks so much for your smile, your jokes, that bear and his not willing to cooperate with the Rabbi, and above all your kind heart. Who is momma's boy, your kids? Well can you includeme next to them? I can do windows too, you know?


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    Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

    Discussing something I already knew. LOL! :) Not a problem. I didn't know the Iplocator though, so that did help me for future use. :) Many people will find this very useful, so I marked it useful and voted it up! :) It was very nice of you to help out the ladies who didn't understand, but now do. :) Good job! :)

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    Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

    Wow...I knew you were brilliant Lord but I had no idea! I am glad you published this so I can use it in the future. I always worry about responding to emails but now I can check where they're coming from easily.

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    Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

    This is VERY helpful. I never realized this could be done before. You are the best and the most helpful hubber with these technical issues. I appreciate all the time you took to help me with my hacker issues and making things easy for me to understand. No blonde jokes.. lol.. Thank you, thank you!!!!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago from New York

    Hi Melbel,

    Actually you have to look for the original X-originating [] tag...The email Sender will appear too. But you have to learn to differentiate. Your, from Ireland will tell us in this kind of machine language, that they were the 'intermediate' email SENDER. Just check again and you will see.."apparently from IP originated at:{}"

    in this email..we found the IP in here:

    Received: from [] by with NNFMP; 01 Jan 2012

    But the tunnel reciever was Yahoo.

    Yahoo's IP WAS THIS ONE

    X-Mailer: YahooMailWebService/

    Thanks for your concern MELBEL


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    Melanie Shebel 6 years ago from Midwest USA

    I'll have to take a look again, thanks. :)

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    Melanie Shebel 6 years ago from Midwest USA

    Are you sure that is the IP of the person sending the email and not the IP of the email sender? For example, my email is based out of Ireland (, but I'm in the US. Doing the check you mentioned, I see that my email is coming from Ireland and not where I am currently located (Michigan, USA.)

    Just wondering if I'm going wrong somewhere.

    Melanie :)

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago

    Great Info lord..thanks so much..I never knew where to find this..Thanks again..

    Happy New Year my friend,


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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Lord - thank you! You are brilliant! Even I know I can follow your instructions. I really appreciate this! Not only will I bookmark - but print and keep!

    Up and everything!

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    Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Very informative hub Lord!! This should help many people out!! :)

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    Thanks for the useful information. I knew how to locate the IP addresses but never knew what to do with them to find where they originated. Back when we used eBay and PayPal a lot - especially Paypal, we'd get several false emails with links to click on and confirm your information. I never did that but I did find the address of where to send these emails and how to provide PayPal with the IP addresses.

    A much needed and well written article. Thanks again!


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