Originally Posted by severncoxswain
IP Locaters wont actually give you the proper location.....the signal is bounced around the entire world most of the time, and will end up leading you to somewhere random in the world......There usless.......There is only one way to trace emails, which is with a post graduate course of computer forensics at uni.......
With most genuine emails it is relatively easy to establish the originating IP, and to decide whether or not it's suspicious. The routing of the email is largely irrelevant, and it's not complicated.
For instance, your IP tells me that you are in Livingston as your profile says. It also tells me that you are connecting through a major ISP. Most scammers lack the clue to fake this information, so it's a fairly good indication that you are where you say you are. If your IP resolved to another country, or an obscure organisation, it would be a possible indicator that something might be amiss.
It's not 100% reliable, but is definitely useful. It certainly doesn't require a post graduate course of computer forensics though.