Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Am I receiving someone else's email?

Am I receiving someone else's email?

Because Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, adding or removing dots from a Gmail address won’t change the actual destination address. Messages sent to and are all delivered to your Inbox, and only yours.

Gmail allows only one registration for any given username. Once you sign up for a particular username, any dot variations are made permanently unavailable for new accounts. If you believe that a message was sent to you accidentally, we suggest contacting the sender to inform him or her of an incorrect address.

If you created your account with a dot in your username but want to change it, you can edit your 'Reply-to address.' To edit your reply-to address:

  1. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.
  2. Open the Accounts tab.
  3. Find the email address marked default and click edit info.
  4. Click Specify a different "reply-to" address.
  5. Enter your username without dots in the 'Reply-to address' field.
  6. Click Save Changes.

For security reasons, when you log in to Gmail, you must enter any dots that were originally defined as part of your username.

Note: Google Apps recognizes dots. If you'd like to receive mail with a dot in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add the desired username as a nickname in your user account.

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