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- Can I ping an emal addy?
- Big Bill
November 30, 2006, 1:25 pm
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it as I get a gazillion spoof bouncers every day so examining them all
isn't practical. I know there's a way of doing this but I can't
remember what it is, anyone help?
Re: Can I ping an emal addy?
: it as I get a gazillion spoof bouncers every day so examining them
: all isn't practical. I know there's a way of doing this but I can't
: remember what it is, anyone help?
The short answer to the subject question is, "No, not with 100%
You can send email requesting a "Read Receipt". Most turn
off delivery of the confirmation though. It requires you to
send an email address to each email address. It ends up as
a kind of double-verification though, because IF you get a
read receipt back, it tends to indicate the person is SPAM
illiterate, and it validates the email address.
IF the destined POP3 server receiving the email runs an
"anonymous email" account (meaning it receives and accepts
ALL email sent to it whether the TO header holds a valid
address or not) then sending any email to the server effectively
validates all email sent to the server. Whether administrators
read such anonymous accounts or not varies depending upon
Some folks create spoof websites and may receive emails not
particularly destined for them (whitehouse.org - sorting through
the mess that comes into that one probably ends up as a full
time job for multiple readers).
According to the RFC standards, POP3 servers are "supposed"
to send a reply indicating an account failed to validate and send
the content of the original message back to the sender (FROM
Not all servers follow the recommended standards, and results
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