Lessons from “Emailgate” – Understanding Email Headers

Coming out of the recent “Emailgate” scandal in Trinidad & Tobago implicating government ministers in a sinister plot, several of our clients have asked how the authenticity of email correspondence can be verified.

IT professionals know that just a cursory look at email internet headers can reveal key information regarding the source, path and destination of email messages. Email internet headers determine where a message is sent, and records the specific path the message follows as it passes through each mail server.

Following are some basic guidelines on reading full email headers:

How to View Email Internet Headers

Microsoft Outlook

  1. From your Outlook Inbox, Right Click on the specific message

  2. Click Options or Message Options depending on your version of Outlook.