My Gmail account is formatted as [email protected]. However I have been receiving emails addressed to: [email protected].

It's been going for a little while, but now over the last couple of months it has become worse. I was letting the senders know. I'm afraid some of my email may be going to this other person's mailbox!

What can I do?

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As the owner of the account [email protected], you will get all emails sent to [email protected].

Gmail does not recognize the dots as characters. So if an email gets sent to [email protected], the account [email protected] will still get the email.

Insert one or several dots (".") anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn't recognize periods as characters in addresses -- we just ignore them. For example, you could tell people your address was [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

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