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Google Gave My Email To Someone Else

645 June 15, 2018 at 03:15 PM
This is a weird situation. It seems Google gave my email address to someone else. My address is xxxxyyyy@gmail.com and theirs is xxxx.yyyy@gmail.com (first and last name separated by dot) I thought Google wasn't supposed to give away names separated with a dot to anyone else. I've had my account since forever. What to do?

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This is a weird situation. It seems Google gave my email address to someone else. My address is xxxxyyyy@gmail.com and theirs is xxxx.yyyy@gmail.com (first and last name separated by dot) I thought Google wasn't supposed to give away names separated with a dot to anyone else. I've had my account since forever. What to do?
Do nothing. It's still your email. Why do you think it isn't? Google ignores the dot.
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google is dot agnostic.
Probably just someone mistakenly using your email address. Happens to me all the time.

Just make sure you can still log in and that you have 2 factor authentication set up.
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What do you mean Google gave away your account? You can't access your account?
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How did you know that Google gave your email address to someone else?
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My guess is he/she receives emails addressing someone else and matters not related to original email holder.

Didn't know Google is dot agnostic, I do know with some other email providers, the dot does matter. Easily cause confusion.
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log into your email and change password check you don't have virus on your computer
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Didn't know Google is dot agnostic, I do know with some other email providers, the dot does matter. Easily cause confusion.
Yeah, because other providers follow the RFC on how an email address should be formatted. Google don't.

It's the old Microsoft method of changing the standard to what you want and then using your market share to say "this is the de-facto standard now; change the RFC"
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huh? I thought it was well known that "." doesn't mean anything for Gmail - but it's a good way to spoof unique email addresses.
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huh? I thought it was well known that "." doesn't mean anything for Gmail - but it's a good way to spoof unique email addresses.
I knew Applause

And lets not forget, bottom right of web page when you're in Gmail. Click details to show last login locations...
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I think OP was hijacked by the aliens laugh out loud
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3 days after OP created this thread, we haven't seen OP since.
It's safe to say that OP's slickdeals email and password got stolen. I would suggest the mod to delete OP's account to prevent spammer.
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it annoys me that people uses my email thinking it's theirs. I even get bank transactions in another country. EEK!
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My guess is he/she receives emails addressing someone else and matters not related to original email holder.

Didn't know Google is dot agnostic, I do know with some other email providers, the dot does matter. Easily cause confusion.
Google ignores the relevant RFCs pertaining to the format of email addresses. It's a royal pain in the arse. Over the years I've had emails for numerous people who are either too stupid to know their own email address, have stupid friends, or have had their email address incorrectly entered in some database somewhere.
I've received communications from employers, professional colleagues, tax documents, medical conference invitations, all sorts of loyalty card stuff, etc.
The ones that are particularly infuriating are the ones where someone was able to associate an email address with an account with no verification process. That gives me access to things like home address, home telephone, employer information and even (partly obscured) payment information.
It's also maddening how difficult it is to get places like schools to remove an incorrect address once they have it in their system. I've even received notices from teachers about somebody's kid acting up in class - you think I got a response when I politely informed her she had the wrong party? Ha! Nothing!
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I don't think they hacked you OP as the above poster has said its like a glitch. I got an email also that had everything but a "." and it was sent to me I was like what the hell. So I saw who the email it was for me so overall seems something Google should fix since it seems like people can get the emails fixed which is weird.
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