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I use outlook 2003 and I am unable to edit emails. I have just tried to do so and when I deleted part of the email message the whole email disapeared.
I was told that an e-mail in its electronic original has various codes that allow an expert to verifiy its origin and any alterations made after the original sender. For government disclosure requirements, and I expect any e-mail that will be used for legal purposes, the electronic version of the e-mail must be archived, not a printout.
Could you ask the person who originally sent the e-mails to show you the original e-mail, by logging into his “sent items” folder (in his e-mail account)? What do you think Leo, would an e-mail message in the “Sent items” folder be ‘proof’ enough of the original e-mail content, or can a person alter those also?
Any email can be modified, whether in Outlook 2003, in the sent folder or not. The procedure may change depending on the email program, but it can be done. As Leo mentioned, digital signing is one of the ways to ensure what you send stays what you want it to be! This is often required in legal and government situations.
Sending an original email I can be who I like to the untrained eye. All I need to do is change "Name" under the account details and the "Reply To" address and I could be Barack Obama!
can the contents of a web mail be altered ?
if emails can be altered, why are they considered as evidence (e.g., Mark Sanford email to mistress - couldn't he have said it was altered )?
Burden of proof remains with the prosecution, always.
Email should never be used as evidence. I'd love someone to try and take me to court over an email. I'd have a field day editing away, and it wouldn't change a thing in the email properties. :-)
Can the date an e-mail was sent be altered? If a person did not send a reply until you bugged them about it, can they create an e-mail with a previous date to make it look like they did respond to you?
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