Gmail security issue reveals I share my name with a female bodybuilder

This is kind of worrying. My email address is amanda.name@gmail.com, but I’ve received an email for amandaname@gmail.com (no dot). And this is the second time it’s happened.

On the other hand, it’s interesting to know that I share my name with an attractive female bodybuilder.

8 Comments

  • June 29, 2011 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    That happens to me too…If you have name.name, no one else can have namename. I share my name with someone who organises church fetes. Who has a nephew who loves to send sweet messages to his tannie.

  • June 29, 2011 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    The same thing happens to me often with the googlemail equivalent of my gmail address. Apparently that version of me sings in the church choir and has soccer playing munchkins. O_o

  • June 29, 2011 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    What’s really strange is that when I signed up for my fake US iTunes account, I used sheena.gates@gmail.com specifically so that all relevant emails would still come through to me. This is a known issue with gmail.

    My email-doppelganger is a part of an American skollie-patrollie PTA group. You must KNOW how awesome those chain mails are…

  • June 29, 2011 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    PS: Totally glad you’re still alive to blog about these random things, by the way. Got chills when I read your previous post last week.

  • amanda
    June 29, 2011 - 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Sheena. Me too!

  • July 1, 2011 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Just yesterday I got a mail from someone (with my gran’s name and surname!) with old pics of some kids, telling me I look the same as I did when I was a child. Gran is in a home with no computer access (and she has no PC literacy herself), so it kind of freaked me out. It’s also not like I have an e-mail address you can easily mistake for another.

  • July 5, 2011 - 5:06 pm | Permalink

    My name.name and my namename gmail accounts both arrive in my inbox, even though I never signed up for the latter? Strange!

  • July 19, 2011 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

    It is actually a “feature” of google and a lot of other mail services. The server ignores any .’s in the address so simon@… is the same as s.i.m.o.n@

    Another useful trick with gmail is the +. Let’s say u are signing up to a website. You are worried that they might sell your email address but if they did how would you know? Like this:

    amanda.name@gmail.com could also be amanda.name+NAMEOFCOMPANY@gmail.com

    Gmail will accept mail for you with +anything added to the end of the bit before the @

    Try it out. Very useful when a company “shares” your email addy.

    Cheers
    Simon

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