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
Reply to the sender to let them know they have the wrong address
Report unwanted emails as spam
Create a filter
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 :).
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