Info: Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames

amar

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There are three common reasons why Gmail users think they're receiving someone else's mail. Please select the description that matches your situation below.Your address is similar but has more or fewer dots (.) or different capitalization.Sometimes you may receive a message sent to an address that looks like yours but has a different number or arrangement of periods. While we know it might be unnerving if you think someone else's mail is being routed to your account, don't worry: both of these addresses are yours.
Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address; they'll all go to your inbox, and only yours. In short:homerjsimpson@gmail.com = hom.er.j.sim.ps.on@gmail.comhomerjsimpson@gmail.com = HOMERJSIMPSON@gmail.comhomerjsimpson@gmail.com = Homer.J.Simpson@gmail.comAll these addresses belong to the same person. You can see this if you try to sign in with your username, but adding or removing a dot from it. You'll still go to your account.
If you get mail that seems to be intended for someone else, it's likely that the sender entered the wrong address, just like if you've ever dialed a wrong phone number for someone. In these cases, we suggest contacting the original sender or website when possible to alert them to the mistake.One last thing: Google Apps does recognize dots. If you'd like to have a dot in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add your preferred username as a nickname.
https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10313?hl=en&ctx=mail

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Sushubh

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Gmail has always been like this. Dots are ignored. + can be used to create aliases.s.u.s.h.u.b.h@gmail.comsushubh+sushubh@gmail.comwould both send emails to:sushubh@gmail.com
 


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The above works fine as long as the id w/o the dots is not taken (see below). But if this is a new development then it’s welcome. For a family member whose id is in this format ab@gmail.com was getting many emails for a another person who had an id as a.b@gmail.comWhen I asked my friend who at one time worked for google in USA said ‘it’s an old known fault but looks like they never bothered to rectify it’. There are still many occasions that the mails come thru. I pity that a.b@gmail.com person. :( And this is quite an old story for us. :( I only hope the reverse does not start happening :pissed-off: :poop:
 

Sushubh

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Should not happen. So something is really strange going on.Google should not allow creation of abc@gmail.com and a.b.c@gmail.com coz they are one and the same ID.
 


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kreacher10

androidfreak said:
But one can't create a.b@gmail.com if ab@gmail.com already exists and vice versa right? Correct me if I'm wrong.
Its happened in our case. :( Dont know which one was made first.
chromaniac said:
Should not happen. So something is really strange going on.Google should not allow creation of abc@gmail.com and a.b.c@gmail.com coz they are one and the same ID.
Agree but its happenings & the poor things phone bills, job interview mails come to my family member :(
 

aviral sangal

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Now you can't... But when Gmail was invite based at that time I created email ids as firstlastname@gmail.com and first.lastname@gmail.comI was able to create two accounts and I do has different passwords for both
 

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