Can you detect real email forward

June 2, 2017 at 15:57:54
Specs: Windows 10
My boss claims that another person in the company sent him an email that I originally sent to this person and was not meant to be shared.
How can I tell if my boss looked at my email and pretended that it was forwarded by the other individual? Are there any indications?

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#1
June 3, 2017 at 02:48:04
As far as I know, there's no way to tell if somebody other than the intended recipient has been accessing your email messages. Don't you have your email account password-protected to prevent that happening? If you do, then I would change it in case your boss knows your current one.

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#2
June 3, 2017 at 05:53:02
Thank you, but I believe he set up administrator privileges and is able to access

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#3
June 3, 2017 at 20:34:46
So, basically, you are saying that 1 of 2 things happened:

1 - Your boss accessed your email and then lied and said that the person you sent it to forwarded it to him. I assume that if the other person said that (s)he didn't forward it, then your boss must have also claimed that the other person is lying.

2 - The person you sent it to actually did forward it and is lying by saying (s)he didn't.

OK, so here's something to try:

Send an email to yourself that you know the boss cannot stop himself from reacting to. Say that you've been stealing from the company. Say that you are having an affair with his significant other. Say that you saw him doing something so illegal and so reprehensible that you are going to turn him over to the authorities. In fact da y all three.

If he reacts, then you know he is reading your email. If you see no change in his behavior, then odds are the other person did forward the email and is lying to you.

Mystery solved.

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#4
June 4, 2017 at 13:14:02
I replied to this yesterday, or thought I did.

Here are my thoughts. Assuming you were saying something negative about your boss in email, and you shared that with a fellow employee using a work computer and work email account. Your boss then approached you about this email? You didn't state exactly what the claim was or who made it, so one shouldn't assume. Start by asking the co-worker if he/she did indeed forward the email to your boss.

Second, if your boss is the one who mentioned this to you, you can bet he/she probably saw the email and that it was forwarded to him/her from the co-worker.

Your boss getting Administrator privileges has no relevance, since it would take more than Admin privileges for him to see your email.

Hopefully you've learned a lesson from this, and that is that there is no expectation of Privacy when using a work computer. If your company has an Acceptable Use Policy, it would specify what you can and can't do on your work computer.

Lastly, communication is key. So, sit down and talk with your boss. Air any grievances, apologize if necessary (what I did wasn't appropriate, blah blah blah,) and chances are you can come to an understanding and clear the air.

Good luck...

Doing the best I can here... And remember, there's always more than one path to success. :)


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#5
June 4, 2017 at 13:30:05
re: "Hopefully you've learned a lesson from this, and that is that there is no expectation of Privacy when using a work computer. If your company has an Acceptable Use Policy, it would specify what you can and can't do on your work computer."

I work for a company where personal use of email is allowed, but we are regularly reminded - a reminder that requires electronic acknowledgement - that not only should there be no expectation of privacy, but in fact, we should expect that our emails will be monitored and reviewed and that they can be used as grounds for disciplinary action, up to including termination and even legal action.

They ain't messing around.

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