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Getting someone else's emails (same name/email address)!!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pattojones, 11 Nov 2011.

  1. pattojones


    Joined: 24 Dec 2006

    Posts: 912

    Location: Bromsgrove, Worcs.

    I'm after a bit of advice...

    For a few months now i've been receiving someone else's emails, someone with the same email address (exactly the same) as me! These are not just circulars, etc but personal emails concerning his business in the USA, etc!

    I cannot find a solution on the www and cannot seem to find a way to contact my webmail provider. Could anyone make a suggestion. I don't want to just sign up for a new address as the address is heavily connected with my work also!

  2. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2004

    Posts: 1,752

    Location: Essex

    Go to your email provider and tell them, He could also be getting your emails...

    Whats your domain for your email address?
  3. #Chri5#


    Joined: 27 Feb 2003

    Posts: 6,980

    Location: Shropshire


    So you have (as an example) [email protected] and you are getting another person's e-mail?

    Sounds like somebody is giving out the wrong address (ie the other person is mydomain.net).
  4. Darg


    Joined: 6 Sep 2006

    Posts: 6,231

    Location: London

    Email yourself and ask him if he's getting your emails :p

    EDIT: When you get your own email do not reply thinking it's him.
  5. nst68

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Jul 2003

    Posts: 1,423

    Location: Chelmsford

    I get this in Gmail at least once a week.

    I got the address of [email protected] and others with the same name as me have similar ones i.e. [email protected].

    The emails I get are when the person sending it hasn't put the correct address in.
  6. Abraham


    Joined: 13 Dec 2002

    Posts: 7,646

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    nobody has the same email address as you, they are giving out your email address incorrectly.
    How can you say you have searched and not realised this? :confused:

    I have it quite a lot because I have the .co.uk of my real name, and the .com and .co.uk of my handle, which are only 1 letter different. So people quite often send emails to me to my real name .com, fortunately they are quite nice about bouncing them back.
  7. Wicksta


    Joined: 14 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,445

    Location: Burnham, Bucks

    I get this all the time as well, I have my initial and surname @gmail.com. Fed up of people registering on forums, sending me quotes for roofing in the USA or signing up to online games. I even had someone sign up to Facebook with my address and keep sending themselves password reminders, in the end I logged into their Facebook and put a message on their wall telling their friends to tell this guy he had the wrong address and to contact me.
  8. misterPK


    Joined: 18 Apr 2007

    Posts: 3,708

    Location: Probably in a river somewhere

    A friend of mine was in the same situation. It got to the stage where he was being emailed things with the other person's home address on it. So he wrote to them explaining it all, and pointing out that he probably had enough information to steal their identity!
  9. VeNT


    Joined: 9 Jan 2003

    Posts: 20,694

    Location: Cornwall

  10. Jokester


    Joined: 7 Aug 2003

    Posts: 41,539

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    Gmail is notorious for this, I guess it's something to do with gmail/google mail.
  11. Smit


    Joined: 6 Mar 2003

    Posts: 6,224

    Location: West Lothian

    That shouldn't actually be possible on gmail since those are the same email address based on how google handles the mail :confused:

    You can test it yourself by sending an email to:

    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    They ignore any '.' So every single email that guy would be getting sent would go directly to you
  12. RoyMi6


    Joined: 9 Mar 2010

    Posts: 2,695

    Quite simply untrue.


    "Your address is similar but has more or fewer dots (.) or different capitalization."

    I'd check they aren't your bills...

    EDIT:: Should point out that although the person doesn't have the email [email protected] he could have [email protected] and simply getting it totally wrong.
    Last edited: 11 Nov 2011
  13. Mr.Stu

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,334

  14. VeNT


    Joined: 9 Jan 2003

    Posts: 20,694

    Location: Cornwall

  15. RoyMi6


    Joined: 9 Mar 2010

    Posts: 2,695

    Aye, ninja edit on my part but I'm just saying he doesn't have the email address [email protected].

    Because you own both. Again, other person is handing out their email completely incorrect.
  16. spudbynight


    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

    Posts: 6,750

    Location: Hove, UK

    Ooops...beaten to it.
  17. Paul11


    Joined: 28 Sep 2003

    Posts: 10,170

    Location: London

    they are not the same email address then.
  18. Wicksta


    Joined: 14 Sep 2005

    Posts: 10,445

    Location: Burnham, Bucks

    It's to do with it being a massively popular email service with so many users on it to make mistakes when giving out their email address. It's also to do with the email address itself, a common name with [email protected] or [email protected] will be much more likely to suffer from this problem compared to a 'random' email address.
  19. memyselfandi


    Joined: 10 Oct 2005

    Posts: 8,692

    Location: Nottingham

    I get this with my Yahoo mail account; I have [email protected] and every so often I get a spate of emails from a family of mostly rednecks in the US who think that the address belongs to a member of their family. (And they do appear to be rednecks complete with sending out pictures to family members of misc critters they've shot).

    Latest spate though was when one of them booked some travel arrangements and I ended up with all their itinerary and e-tickets. So I contacted the travel agents and had that resent correctly. Then I got emails for them saying their trip may be affected by an incoming hurricane, so again I contacted the travel agents and had them sort it out ...

    Have the same username on Hotmail and GMail and have had them all for many, many years but have only had this with GMail (so far)
  20. Delvis


    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

    Posts: 28,881

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    err, how is it anything to do with Gmail specifically? Its the douchebag at the other end not typing in the address correctly :p