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Lemonde  
#1 Posted : 24 August 2018 08:35:34(UTC)
Lemonde

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Location: London

So I found this on Google's help pages after looking into why so many people seem to think my email address is actually theirs.:

Dots don't matter in Gmail addresses
If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you'll still get that email. 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
Note: If you use Gmail through work, school, or other organization (like yourdomain.com or yourschool.edu), dots do change your address.

But what I can't understand is how they keep doing it.

There are a couple of people in Australia who obviously are convinced their email address is actually **Cooper@GMail.com

Then there are a few in America who sign up for every local site in Florida, Wisconsin and Oklahoma as me regarding cake baking, gardening, car maintenance and other happy, healthy pursuits.

And then there are the group emails with pictures of everyone's holiday or graduation that I get copied into when I don't know any of them - I email them back explaining and I think what happens is they contact whoever it is and they say "Oh, it's not **Cooper@Gmail.com, it's actually *.*Cooper@Gmail.com' and so it just comes back to me again.

The latest onem, just last week is that I get airline bookings all the time - some person travelling London-Istanbul regularly has registered with my email and so I just keep getting their booking receipts.

If your name is Shane Cooper, Susan Cooper, Sarah Cooper, Steve Cooper or Samantha Cooper I urge you to just check your Google email address and make sure it actually is what you think it is as I cannot keep replying to your family groups saying "Sorry, but I'm not Susan" for ever.
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