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Email harvesting is the process of obtaining a large number of email addresses through various methods. The purpose of harvesting email addresses is for use in bulk emailing or for spamming.
The most common method of email harvesting is by using specialized harvesting software known as harvesting bots, or harvesters.
Spammers harvests email addresses through various techniques, including:
The above techniques enable spammers to harvest email addresses and use them with electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages. The following techniques can be used to prevent email harvesting: