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Email status explained: what "Valid", "High probability", "Catch-all", and "Invalid" mean
Email status explained: what "Valid", "High probability", "Catch-all", and "Invalid" mean
Grégoire Démogé avatar
Written by Grégoire Démogé
Updated over a week ago

Email Status Explained

Valid

Should You Send an Email? Absolutely!

A "Valid" status means the email address exists, is active, and can receive emails. It’s like confirming that the mailbox at the given address is ready and waiting for mail.

Probably Valid

Should You Send an Email? Usually, yes!

"Probably Valid" emails are emails that are "Catch-all" where we have found positive signals that confirm that the emails is likely valid (despite the catch-all configuration of the email server).

Catch-All

Should You Send an Email? It depends.

Catch-all addresses are a bit tricky. They are set up by domains to receive all emails sent to that domain, regardless of the prefix (the part before '@'). So, during the "Ping Test" step, if we ask the email server whether "[email protected]" or "[email protected]" exists, it will say "Yes" for both, even if "[email protected]" is not valid.

Invalid

Should You Send an Email? No.

An 'Invalid' status is pretty straightforward – the email address does not exist. This could be due to various reasons, such as typos in the email address, the domain no longer existing, or the address having been deleted.

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