Using signature headers to determine if an email has been forged
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Domain Key Signatures
Messages sent using PGP, or its free equivalents such as GnuPG, have the signature in the message body itself. Each message can be signed, encrypted, or both. Encrypted messages begin with the header
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----followed by some optional headers. The optional headers may include the character set of the decoded message, the program and version that created the message, and an optional comment. The end of the message is noted with
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----Between these two lines are a series of ASCII characters that represent the encrypted or signed message. A signed message has the header
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----at the end of the signed message followed by the same optional headers as encrypted messages. The signature is usually three lines of ASCII characters.