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 yourusername@gmail.com and y.o.u.r.u.s.e.r.n.a.m.e@gmail.com 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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