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Email Risk Report

What is it?

The email risk report assesses the fraud risk of an email address and confirms its authenticity. The main use case for the email risk report is to identify fake and suspicious users. We often recommend coupling the email risk report with other report types, like the phone risk report to help show a fuller picture of the individual. Please note that we will not always be able to surface information associated with an email address.

Interpreting the report

First seen

This is the first time the system sees what is considered to be either a positive or negative source of reputation. For example, this might be the date of the first data breach in which an email address was found. It may also be the first time an email address was reported as being positive or negative by a community member. It can also be the first time an email address was observed online and was associated with a specific social profile (e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.).

Last seen

This is the same as above, but just the most recent occurrence.


Whether the email has a high source of reputability or a low source of reputability. For emails where there are neither clear positive nor negative sources of reputation (e.g. accounts with major sites and services, data breaches that include this email address, etc.), no reputation is returned.


Whether the email address should be treated as suspicious or risky. Most valuable for anti-phishing.


The number of positive and negative sources of reputation. Please note that these may not all be direct references to the email address, but can include reputation sources for the domain or other related information.


The email is believed to be malicious.


The email is from an temporary/disposable service.

Free provider

The email uses a free email provider.


Email has exhibited spammy behavior (e.g. spam trams, login form abuse).


Whether or not the email address is valid. Checks in real-time if the email address is valid. For example, is not a deliverable email address.

Valid MX

Whether or not the email server has a valid MX record. MX records tell the internet where your mail servers exist to receive mail and also serve as an indicator of where you're sending mail from.

Domain reputation

Similar to email reputation but applied for domains.

Domain age

Number of days since the domain was created.

Associated Workflow criteria

  • Email Address Reputation
  • Email Address Domain Reputation
  • Email Address First Seen
  • Email Address Last Seen
  • Email Address Domain Created
  • Email Address Reference Count
  • Email Address Domain Exists
  • Email Address Blacklisted
  • Email Address Deliverable
  • Email Address Disposable
  • Email Address Free Provider
  • Email Address Spam
  • Email Address Suspicious
  • Email Address Valid MX


Persona is not a consumer reporting agency and the services (and the data provided as part of its services) do not constitute a ‘consumer report’ for the purposes of the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The data and reports we provide to you may not be used, in whole or in part, to: make any consumer debt collection decision, establish a consumer’s eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, government benefits, or housing, or for any other purpose authorized under the FCRA. If you use any of any of our services, you agree not to use them, or the data, for any purpose authorized under the FCRA or in relation to taking an adverse action relating to a consumer application.

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