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Strange Message? Check The IP Address

Anyone else getting these?  I normally just ignore/delete, but since I have now received it twice I'd thought I ask.  The message comes over the Active Rain contact system:

The sender's IP address (IP=Internet Protocol) displays in the AR message form, and being curious, I looked it up here via a "WHOIS" search:  http://www.arin.net/whois/

This is what came up:  (I guess I won't be clicking ~that~ email link.)


There are several online resources to look-up IP addresses.  It's not a bad idea if you receive an email, and you're not quite sure whether or not it is legit.

Also, here are the tools to search if you are looking up by domain name, rather than IP number.





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Comment balloon 22 commentsCheryl Johnson • November 24 2007 07:00AM


yikes, thanks for the warning!
Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 10 years ago
I was just about to write a blog about the same thing.. I got one.  How do you copy the screen and paste it?  Nice job.
Posted by Brian Sharkey, SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker (SharkeyRE LLC) over 10 years ago

hhhhmmm, I got that too and had no idea who it was. I searched for that lady on AR and could not find her. I did not notice the odd IP address though....Ohwell

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 10 years ago

Cheryl:  Until I read your post, I didn't know how to trace back junk email addresses to the source.  Talk about teaching old dogs new tricks...  You taught this old dog with this one!  Thank you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago
There is so much of this junk floating around I usually just hit delete and don't waste my time wondering what fool sent it.   If it looks vague chances are it's trash.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 10 years ago
I love the reverse IP locaters.  They really do tell a story...I also received that yesterday and it met my delete button quickly :-)
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 10 years ago
Thanks for this. good trick. I got that exact some mail, too!
Posted by Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents (Advantage Solutions Group) over 10 years ago

Dan:  I usually just delete, too.  But when the second one came thru, I got to wondering just how many AR members had received it.... and I hope nobody was suckered in!!!

Brian:  I use SnagIt because I like how easy-to-use all their after-capture editing tools are.  Makes adding stuff like pointers, highlights, or shout-out balloons very simple.

On the other hand, you could just click the PRT SCR (Print Screen) button on your keyboard (I'm assuming Windows operating system here  ... and you may already know this, but for any readers that may not know it....)

Hitting PRT SCR places the screen image in Window's clipboard memory.  Then open up your photo editing program (MS Paint or even Word will work if you don't have an editing program)  Create a new file, click Edit -> Paste.   Bingo, there's your screen shot.


Posted by Cheryl Johnson (Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the warning - That is just another reason I love A/R - Everybody is taking care of everybody else.



Posted by Vincent McKamy, Realtor Fredericksburg Virginia (Long & Foster ) over 10 years ago

Cheryl, I get those emails from that same little cupcake too.  (but what if we won that lottery?)

Great tips for the folks that don't know how to look up IP's!

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 10 years ago
Looks like a variation of the Nigerian Scam. If only they could use their power for good...............
Posted by Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies (Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania) over 10 years ago
More SPAM. Email addresses can be spoofed and IP addresses can be hijacked. If it looks like junk, it is junk. Delete and move on. Thanks for the heads-up.
Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 10 years ago
Cheryl, yesterday in the span of about 20 minutes I got about 200 leads through my number one expert site. I called them and they said they had no way to track down the IP address and block them. I was flabergasted. Why couldn't they do that ? They said they could see all the bogus ones coming in but couldn't tell the IP address. I thought all web masters could do that. Any suggestions?
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

I got this one too...apparently Vanessa is a busy little bee.  I've actually seen this in a comment thread as well, so everyone needs to be careful.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 10 years ago

Cheryl...Haven't received any as yet and don't want to.  Wish these folks would get a job (and I mean legitimate) and leave us alone.

Thanks for the heads up.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 10 years ago

Cheryl - I thought the word match system (what we used to call the fruit system) would prevent the mass emailing through the AR contact system. 

Be sure and pass your post on to the AR gods for their information.

I did not receive the letter (and didn't hurt my feelings one little bit)

As always, thanks for all you do. 

Posted by Ted Baker, MidFloridaMediation.com (Carmody and Associates LLC) over 10 years ago
Hi Cheryl good use of the technology you have learned, thanks for sharing as it is a good idea to double check where junk comes from.
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 10 years ago
Vanessa must be going through the AR system as I just received an email from her. Maybe AR can block the IP address.
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 10 years ago
Cheryl - I have received these emails too. I just assumed it was spam. I can tell you this, since I started using Active Rain, my in-box has been flooded with spam emails. I guess that happens when you post your email address on everything. I guess it's a trade off. I'm just waiting for that one golden first buyer!! Whoohoo! Great awareness post for sure!
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 10 years ago
Cheryl, I haven't gotten this particular message (yet) but I didn't know there was a way to look up IP's and follow it to find out about the sender.  This is bookmarked.  I won't click on anything from an email from someone I don't know, thank you for the warning.
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Yup, I get them regularly. I know they're grabbing my info from AR.........I just hit my DELETE button.

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Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago

I didn't know you could get that much information from an IP address or where to get that information, thanks.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 10 years ago