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Networks how to check if an email address exists

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DoNuT, 21 Jul 2006.

  1. DoNuT

    DoNuT New Member

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    I was wondering if there's a way to check if an email address already exists or not without sending an email to the address your thinking of. I ask this because I want to send an email to someone that I don't know if I spelled it correct and I don't want to send it to a different person.
     
  2. Spacecowboy92

    Spacecowboy92 Gettin' Lazy

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    try sending a blank message or a short message asking if anyones there. if it gets returned as undeliverable then its not 'existant'.
     
  3. DoNuT

    DoNuT New Member

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    thanks, but is there another way without sending an email?
     
  4. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    Knowing if it exists or not won't help, it still doesn't link the address to a name.

    If it's not used, the email'll bounce and you'll get a reply saying that, if it is real it'll go to that address whoever checks it, whether that's the correct person or not.

    Your only way to find out is to send a tester first, and hope the reply is from who you think it should be.
     
  5. RTT

    RTT #parp

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    You can connect to imap servers and check if a mailbox exists but this is probably out of the question/impractical... and they might not even be using imap.
     
  6. K.I.T.T.

    K.I.T.T. Hasselhoff™ Inside

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    i don't know if your still interested but you could use a program like NeoTrace to do a trace route on the e-mai address and if its there then the e-mail server should respond like if i trace route mine i get

    where as if i trace route a non existant one i get a respone like this

    i hope this helps, you with your problem
     
  7. JuMpErFLY

    JuMpErFLY Member

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    Even if it does exist you could still be sending it to the wrong person if it's mis-spelled so there's no way of knowing if it's the right person without actually sending them an email.
     
  8. RickDawson

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    is there an email address stored in the registrant info?
     
  9. songzila

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    there are alot of tools available to check if the email add is active.. try automic email hunter
     
  10. bestseany

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  11. PhoenixTank

    PhoenixTank From The Ashes

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    +1 for this.
    Old school, but I also had this in mind when I saw the thread. Should give you a reasonably definitive answer.
     
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