Is my email going anywhere?

July 29, 2020 at 10:58:32
Specs: several
If I send an email to an untested address, or an address
that I'm unsure about, will I get a message back telling
me if the email cannot be delivered?

In particular, if I send an email to an address that worked
for many years, but the domain changed owner a couple
of years ago and I haven't tried the address since then?

If I do not get any message back, does that mean the
address is working and my email is being delivered?

(There is no proper category for this type of question.)

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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July 29, 2020 at 15:35:10
Yes, you will get notified if an email cannot be delivered - usually containing an error code or brief explanation of the problem.

If the address is valid but cannot be delivered then you may not get notified for several days (it keeps trying).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 29, 2020 at 15:42:09
re' #1:

Maybe even years or never; it if it gets lost in the black holes of the web?

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July 29, 2020 at 19:00:39
I sent an email to a random/bogus email address, got this in return....

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

Unable to deliver message after multiple retries, giving up."

If you didn't get anything similar to the above, chances are your email went thru. At the very least, some spammer knows your email account is active.

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July 29, 2020 at 20:34:05
There are an number of reasons the email cannot be delivered:

Domain does not exist or expired of cannot be reached.
The recipient of the email (recipeint@ yyy.zzz) does not exist or the account was closed.
The recipient mailbox has reached capacity limit (too many emails).

Other reasons:

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July 30, 2020 at 01:44:19
No. The fact that you do not receive a non-delivery message does not mean that the mail was delivered. It's quite possible that the remote mail server is configured to just ignore undeliverable mail rather than reporting it as an error. This is an anti-spam measure.

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