What is a spam trap? Can SPAM traps be removed by email verifiers?

Spam traps are a type of fraud management tool, used by primary Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and blacklist providers to identify spammers so they can block emails from them.

A spam trap looks like a real email address, but it doesn’t belong to a real user and can’t be used for any kind of communication.



Can SPAM traps be removed by email verifiers?

No, spam traps are one of the most crucial value assets for Internet Service Providers. They will never publish, share, leak, or sell the list of their spam trap list. If they did, it will not be used for performance tracking anymore.

Do you believe in fairy tales?

If you do, that’s fine. But be aware, if an email verifier offers you to remove a spam trap list from your email lists, they are tricking you. Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, and any other ISP’s are fighting against spam. Spam traps are their best tool to identify a spammer. Believe me, none of these ISP’s went to a little “company” somewhere in the world and handed them their most valuable lists. If SPAM traps were publicly available, they wouldn’t work anymore. No Internet Service Provider will ever share their spam trap list with any email verifier, because it is against their business principles.



A certain way to become infected with spamtraps is by purchasing email lists. Purchased lists don’t have “born on dates” bringing each address, so there is no real way to tell how old purchased addresses are. Also, since ‘email lists for sale’ are aggregated without permission, they do not contain opt-in records. If you purchase lists, either frequently or infrequently, chances are you’re currently sending to a possible number of spam traps.


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