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Spam Traps

Spam traps, also called "honeypots", are email addresses created (or re-activated) by ISPs specifically to lure spammers. In many cases, the only way to acquire the address is through an automated email address harvesting process.



Spam traps are important because so many large ISPs, spam filter providers, and Domain Name System deny lists use them. In short, sending an email to a spam trap can lead directly to being blocked by the organization that set up the trap. Remember that blocking can ruin a business's reputation and halt further email deliverability.

Find a more detailed look at spam traps, including tips for identifying and removing them, in our blog post, "Spam Traps: What They Are & How to Avoid Them"(link takes you to an external page).

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