In a message dated 98-06-10 09:16:00 EDT, you write:

<< My question  is how do you verify that somebody received the e-mail like
 would do with certified mail? >>


there are some mailing programs that will allow send you a notification when
the receiver has read the mail you sent..... but it's not available on all
mailing programs.

there's another glitch to contemplate-- unless you're sending encrypted email,
using a program such as PGP, how can you be positive that email hasn't been
tampered with enroute?  it's highly unlikely that a specific piece of mail is
read by a third part and tampered with, yet that can occur.

just my 2