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Verifying Email Addresses


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Is there a way to verify that an email address is actually a real person, and not a bot/etc... without sending an actual email???
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Bots don't use email addresses. The address would have been set up by a human but then used by the bot. It's almost certainly unmonitored and the address closed as and when it's fulfilled its need.
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thanks!

...so basically the only way to know for sure would be to send an email to see if you then get a response back?

i guess there's no way to confirm if the address is being used ie. sending/receiving mail, etc?
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Unfortunately not, it's akin to finding out whether the occupant of a house receives a specific letter through the post. The fact Postman Pat comes and shoves letters through the door on a daily basis just means the occupant has post of some sort, not necessarily the letter in question. Unless you go and be nosy, you'll never know. Likewise on an email since they're all unmonitored, you'll never know.

Edited by Neil Jones, 06 July 2010 - 05:11 PM.

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I would comment also that if one wishes to attempt contact with the address in question that they set up an alternate email address from their normal one. In this way one would avoid having their main email address added to a spam list should the system be automated while also being able to check and see if human's are legitimately utilizing the address.
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