Is there any way to check to see if an email address is valid? Annoying to
ask a question, especially to a company, and not receive a response. Wrong
address? Ignored? Mis-sent by someone?
Checking for delivery would be even better but I'd settle for just knowing
it was a valid address.
Ken, this service creates an SMTP-envelope session to determine if the
address is valid. Meaning, it connects to the recipients mail server
as if it were actually about to send a message. Not all mail servers
cooperate with this process, depending upon security settings, but the
link I posted certainly works with accounts and domains managed by
This is what the site says about it's service:
"Email Checker is a simple tool for verifying an email address. It
extracts the MX records from the email address and connect to mail
server (over SMTP and also simulates sending a message) to make sure
the mailbox really exist for that user/address. Some mail servers do
not co-operate in the process, in such cases, the result of this email
verification tool may not be as accurate as expected. "
If you used it and the result came up as being valid, then I suspect
the address is a good one. However, you cannot determine if your
emails was sent to spam, deleted, not opened or read and not responded
On Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:26:23 AM UTC-5, KenK wrote:
What email program are you using? Some, such as Outlook, have a "delivery
confirmation" option. I can't vouch for it, but you could play around with
known-good and known-bogus email addresses to get a feel for the results.
If it's a company you are sending a question to, you could call first to
obtain the proper email address for your specific question. (I assume you
are asking your question via email so that a paper trail exists and/or so
that you have a written response e.g. a set of instructions, etc.)
Of course, you could simply send a quick email asking if the email address is
valid and request a response. If it bounces, you'll know it isn't valid. If
it doesn't bounce *and* you get no response, then you can assume it's valid
but not monitored.
I use Thunderbird and it has verification.
If it says "invalid" then indeed it's invalid.
OTOH: If it verifies the address there is no guarantee of course that
it's still in use....Still it's helpful for cleaning up my address book
On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:43:20 PM UTC-5, philo wrote:
Thus the reason for my other suggestion:
"You could simply send a quick email asking if the email address is
valid and request a response. If it bounces, you'll know it isn't
valid. If it doesn't bounce *and* you get no response, then you can
assume it's valid but not monitored."
"Hi! I have a question about one of your products. Is this the proper
email address to use? Thanks!"
Another advantage of that "test" is that you may actually make a
one-to-one connection as opposed to being dumped into a pool.
"Hi! My name is Sue. How do you do? What can I help you with?"
As I'm sure you know, in many cases we don't have to use some sophisticated
technology that still leaves us guessing. We can take some simple steps
and get an answer that we have some faith in.
BTW...did you get the "Sue" reference? ;-)
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