Do you want to send anonymous emails to prank one of your friends or to declare your “love” for your boss? There several ways to this, one of them is by using web-based anonymous email services.
The working principle of these services is very simple: you load the page of the service and ask it to send an email message for you. This way the header of the email will not contain your IP address, but the IP of the service. It’s that simple!
Now, I am going to list the best sites which help you to send anonymous emails.
AnonEmail is a service by AnonyMouse.org that allows you to send anonymous emails by resending your email through their servers. As they do not store your IP address, your email is impossible to trace back.
As a security measure, AnonEmail waits for an unknown period before sending your email along. This might be a serious disadvantage if you want your email to be sent immediately.
SendAnonymousMail is not liable for your regular emails, but it is good for sending anonymous emails. The main disadvantage is that it stores your IP address, so don’t try anything shady. You might get caught!
Dead Fake Anonymous Email
DeadFake is a free service that lets you send anonymous emails for free to anyone you like. Not only is it anonymous, but you can also make it appear to come from anyone you choose!
As previous tools presented, DeadFake is very easy to use: just fill in the form and press send. Make sure that the From address you choose contains a real internet domain name.
The main advantage of this tool is that you can format your fake emails with a rich text: fonts, colors, etc.
Formmail Anonymous Mailer
Formmail Anonymous Mailer (Update: no longer available) is a good alternative to AnonEmail, but it stores your IP address to make sure you do not perform any illegal activities.
This website allows you to specify a sender’s address, allowing you to seemingly send it from a normal mail account. You can also select the specific remailers you want the website to use.
When sending the email, you are able to watch the progress of your message through the different nodes and it may take several minutes.
Note2email (Update: no longer available) is a web application designed to send quick text notes to any email address in the world.
When browsing the Internet from an untrusted network or an office computer it can be unsafe to type in the email account password. Note2email tool was designed to help users send themselves email notes without logging in to their email account.
A nice feature of Note2email is that it allows you to define a key to be used to encrypt your message and the key is stored nowhere.
Your IP address is logged when using the Note2email site.
Quick Email Sender
Quick Email Sender is simple to use .NET application that gives you the ability to send an email to the desired address. With Quick Email Sender you can send emails without exposing your email address. You can select even a non-existing email address as the sender’s email address. Also, this allows you to directly import contacts from your Gmail account.
Who is the Quick Email Sender for?
This tool is valuable for those that love privacy as it allows you sending emails without exposing your IP address. As previously shown (How to find the IP address of the email sender in Gmail, How to find the IP address of the email sender in Yahoo! Mail), the IP address of the email sender can be easily found.
How does it work?
By using Quick Email Sender you may send anonymous emails using an Email Server located in Toronto, Canada, and your IP address remains anonymous.
I have tested Quick Email on my Gmail account and after several minutes (Be patience, it may take a while!) I received the email and the headers contained the info shown below. None of them is my IP address.
The developer homepage is not available for the moment (I hope), so you can download Quick Email Sender from here.
Requirements: .NET Framework 2.0
Operating System: It worked for me on XP, but not on Vista.
Recently discovered email sending services
There are several tools for sending anonymous emails. However, you should keep in mind that some of them are logging IP addresses in order to prevent illegal activities.
If the anonymity of the email is important for you, you should first send an email to your email address and then find the IP address of the sender. If it is not your IP address or your location then the tool works for you. Additionally, you may first connect to a VPN service and keep your IP address hidden from the email sending tool.