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how do you find who owns an email address

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by takinatrip, Dec 24, 2010.

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  1. takinatrip

    takinatrip Thread Starter

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    Hi
    As the title sais how do you find who owns an email address?
    Ive searched online and all Ive found are crappy sites asking for payment etc.
    All I want to do is verify that an email address belongs to the right person.
     
  2. Ent

    Ent Josiah Trusted Advisor

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    If you want to confirm that the owner of a Gmail, hotmail, yahoomail, etc account is who they say they are, there isn't really any technical way to do that. Anyone can create any address they want to, and the provider doesn't verify their Identity.

    You'd have to ask them in person for their email address or check on some other site they are verified on. For example if the email address is found on their website that would be a check.
     
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