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Getting someone else's mail

If you're getting someone else's mail, check the reasons below to get help.

Getting messages sent to a dotted version of my address

If the sender added dots to your address, you'll still get that email. No one else sees your emails, and no one can take your account. For example, if your email is johnsmith@gmail.com, you own all dotted versions of your address:

  • john.smith@gmail.com
  • jo.hn.sm.ith@gmail.com
  • j.o.h.n.s.m.i.t.h@gmail.com

If you still think the message was meant for someone else, contact the sender to let them know they mistyped the email address.

Learn more about dots in Gmail addresses.

My address isn't on the email at all

If you get lots of messages addressed to someone else, check if someone is accidentally forwarding their mail to you.

  1. On your computer, open a message that looks like it was sent to you by mistake.
  2. Next to Reply Reply, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. Click Show original.
  4. If you see "X-Forwarded-For" on the page, someone is forwarding their Gmail messages to your account. Try contacting this person to let them know about the mistake. 
Getting messages sent to an @googlemail.com address

Messages sent to @gmail.com and @googlemail.com are the same.

Some countries use @googlemail.com instead, but messages sent to the address will go to the same place.

Getting spam that isn't addressed to me

If you don't see your email address in the "To" or "Cc" fields, you may have been sent the message by "Bcc." If that’s the case, you won't see your email address at the top of the message.

Spammers sometimes add random email addresses into the "Bcc" field to try to get people to respond.

Here's how to report the message as spam:

  1. Open the message or select it in your inbox.
  2. Click Report Spam Report spam.

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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