/mail/community?hl=en
/mail/community?hl=en
4/20/17
Original Poster
Andy B.

If you believe you’re getting someone else's emails

We understand you might be concerned about getting emails meant for somebody else. In many cases, the sender simply typed the email address in wrong.

What you can do

More info about your Gmail address

  • You'll still get your messages if a sender adds dots to your username. For example, emails sent to these addresses* will go to the same inbox:

    • johndoe@ OR john.doe@ OR j.o.h.n.d.o.e@

    • *removed @gmail.com from all example email addresses, as this gets removed in the forum anyways

  • Your email address is unique. Gmail doesn’t allow people to set up identical accounts, including dot variations of your username.
  • Your account is secure. Receiving someone else’s mail is unrelated to your account security. Your account and Gmail messages are still secure.

A real life example

Imagine your email address is HikingFan9@, and when signing up to receive updates from your favorite restaurant, you type in HikingFan@ (without the 9). This address is very similar to yours, so it is an easy mistake to make, but it is actually someone else's Gmail address and they will now get updates intended for you.


Senders can also make this same mistake, and oftentimes will mistype an email address by one character. It's important to remember though that this is almost always an accident and that your account is still very much secure :).

Community content may not be verified or up-to-date. Learn more.
This question is locked and replying has been disabled. Still have questions? Ask the Help Community.

Badges

Some community members might have badges that indicate their identity or level of participation in a community.

 
Expert - Google Employee — Googler guides and community managers
 
Expert - Community Specialist — Google partners who share their expertise
 
Expert - Gold — Trusted members who are knowledgeable and active contributors
 
Expert - Platinum — Seasoned members who contribute beyond providing help through mentoring, creating content, and more
 
Expert - Alumni — Past members who are no longer active, but were previously recognized for their helpfulness
 
Expert - Silver — New members who are developing their product knowledge
Community content may not be verified or up-to-date. Learn more.

Levels

Member levels indicate a user's level of participation in a forum. The greater the participation, the higher the level. Everyone starts at level 1 and can rise to level 10. These activities can increase your level in a forum:

  • Post an answer.
  • Having your answer selected as the best answer.
  • Having your post rated as helpful.
  • Vote up a post.
  • Correctly mark a topic or post as abuse.

Having a post marked and removed as abuse will slow a user's advance in levels.

View profile in forum?

To view this member's profile, you need to leave the current Help page.

Report abuse in forum?

This comment originated in the Google Product Forum. To report abuse, you need to leave the current Help page.

Reply in forum?

This comment originated in the Google Product Forum. To reply, you need to leave the current Help page.