I have a question relating to my Gmail account although I will use a fake email address for the purpose of this question.

My Google email account is [email protected] but then today I received an email, which is addressed to [email protected]. (note the periods .)

Is this a bug of Gmail or is this intended behaviour?

I've checked the mail headers and I am sure that there is no cc or bcc to [email protected], but yet I received them.

  • You can check the headers to see who is BCC?
    – Dave Rook
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 10:56
  • @DaveRook if it is really bcc to me I can see it. Just tested... (or I could actually be wrong...)
    – Alvin Wong
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 10:59
  • AlvinWong, I made an update to the question, if you don't like it, roll it back :) I don't know you can see the BCC but if you've found a way...
    – Dave Rook
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 11:00
  • Having periods in the username makes no difference to gmail. So [email protected] and [email protected] are the same
    – pratnala
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 11:14

1 Answer 1


This was a decision made in the early days of Gmail. You can also create additional addresses with the + symbol that will arrive in your inbox. This page goes into detail, as does this Gmail support article


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