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8/30/19
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Hi,

My gmail id has a dot between my first name and last name. However I am getting emails addressed to a similar user name which does not have the dot between first name and last name.  This person is signing up at a lot of places with this email id and I am getting emails from all these sites. Is this an email routing issue? Or has my account been hacked and being used by someone? How can I make sure that I dont get emails for what this person has signed up for?

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Anitha
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8/30/19
anitha tg
 
Gmail ignores the period in an email address, just as Gmail ignores capital letters.
 
For example, "myname @gmail.com" is the same as "my.name @gmail.com" is the same as "MY.name @gmail.com" as is "MYNAME @gmail.com". (etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum.)
 
Once you have created an email address, no one else can create that address, despite how many combinations of CaPitaLs and periods(.) they chose to use.  That account is yours, and yours alone.  
 
Despite what you may think, no one else has your account name, no matter what combination of capitals and/or periods are used.
 
If in doubt, sign in with the offending combination/s.  You will gain access to your account.
 
Likewise @gmail.com is the same as @googlemail.com
 
No one else is receiving your emails or able to access your account this way, unless of course your account has been compromised.
 
What probably has happened is that someone has given your email address in error (or malice) to a web site;   much as the wrong address on snail mail;  or dialling the wrong number.  A lot of web sites never verify email addresses.  Facebook, for example.
 
If you wish you can advise the sender of the offending mail and point out the error, and they can contact the other party who may have given the wrong address, if they can be bothered; many don't care, unfortunately!
 
For a full explanation of how Gmail treats your address, read this. And watch this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL5-N8c18VE
 
 
Another full explanation in this excellent blog.  And this blog as well.

Gmail filters will recognise the "period" and you can filter on the wrong address (with or without the "period")  if needed https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6579?hl=en
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9/22/19
From where ??
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9/27/19
How shouldni know
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10/7/19
Someonelse
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10/16/19
Your all using my account. It's reported
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10/16/19
What happened my account
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10/21/19
Someone else is using my account I was checking it out and the persons name is
alayajackson1234@gmail I want here off my account
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11/3/19
Someone put spyware on my phone and is using my phone to invade my privacy that email address is catfish42024@gmail.com I want a number to get proof of this illegal action from google to take to the police..
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11/5/19
I can use my name then @gmail.com and someone is still using my email so don't say after using your name for email no one can get it because it happing to me right now thank you
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12/30/19
How do I get my money back and stop them from charging me
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