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  1. #1
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    need a little help to find out legitimacy of the address

    Hello,

    Recently I was faced with the need to check the address legitimacy. For example, I have an order from:

    John Doe,
    666 Main Street, #123
    Anytown, XX12345

    I need to know - does this address exists at all. Does anybody know the site where can I check this?

    I know about usps.gov, but they don't give info about the apartments...

    Thank you!
    Respect My Authoritah! - Eric Cartman (a friend of mine).

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    Oh snap! That's my address. What you planning on mailing me? A BOMB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by netfreak
    A BOMB?
    No, I was thinking about a $1m check (at least when asked), but if you ask so nicely... you have!



    Seriously though - all I ask is ADDRESS EXISTANCE only.
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    Google maps.
    Probably won't help with apartments, though...
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  5. #5
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    I did a test using the USPS Zip Code Lookup, since I live in an apartment. The result was a list showing various apartment ranges and the +4 codes. A range of four apartments, which includes my apartment, is correctly matched to the +4 code I use.

    So in theory it should work. If the address that John Doe claims to live at exists, entering "123" into the data field for Address 2 should show that a range that includes 123 has a zip +4.
    How reliable is a negative result? Could John Doe be living at 666 Main Street, #123 with the Zip Code Lookup failing to provide a matching Zip +4? I don't know.

  6. #6
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    Another test I did was to go to Infospace.com. I selected a search for business "near an address". For Business Type I entered "apartments". I narrowed range to 1 mile.
    That brought up a list of eight businesses for "Apartments", and on the top of the list was the apartment management for this complex.
    I don't know how reliable a negative result would be. A single apartment building with off-site management could have a negative result.

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    Thank you, Martin!

    That was so much more than I hoped for! I really appreciate the effort you took to help me.

    Thanks again!
    Respect My Authoritah! - Eric Cartman (a friend of mine).

  8. #8
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    This is slightly more involved than the zip code lookup, but when you ship packages from UPS (specifically ups.com) it verifies that the address is valid. This will be a huge pain if you don't already have a ups.com account set up but if you do you might want to give it a shot.
    neil MCITP, VCP

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