student wrote: ↑
Mon May 21, 2018 5:27 am
SittingOnTheFence wrote: ↑
Mon May 21, 2018 12:30 am
There is a guy in the UK who tries to use my email (email@example.com
) but since I use that he then tries x.yz or xy.z
Google strips the '.' so when this guy gives out an address for correspondence (x.yz or varient) the original xyz acct (me) gets all of it.
Since Gmail treats xyz is the same as x.yz, I don't think Gmail will allow someone to setup a new account with x.yz. Maybe the person mistyped it.
You are absolutely correct that Google would not allow such an account to be created. Maybe I did not express the issue properly. So let's use Bogleheads as an example.
You sign up for Bogleheads. They want an email address. So you give it firstname.lastname@example.org
. So Bogleheads sends a confirmation to me (also xyz). I am not signing up for Bogleheads so I delete the email w/o verifying the address.
Sometime later, you realize that you never received the verification and decide to try x.yz. Same thing happens.
In the cases I mentioned earlier, most likely the person merely gave an email address of xyz or one of it's legal variants when filling out a registration for whatever, but this address was not verified by either party. This is similar to you going to a Doctor and them asking for an email addr. No one is going to check and see if it's valid.
And as I mentioned earlier regarding Reddit, Reddit is checking that I entered a valid email address. Since someone else entered my xyz email account name, they are refusing to allow me to use it. That person will never get an email from Reddit, I will get that email. In all likelihood, some time in the past I received a verification from Reddit but simply deleted it as spam (at that time not realizing what was really happening). Now, when I wish to change my Reddit email from Yahoo to Gmail, and cannot I try x.yz and the verification goes to me because x.yz goes to my xyz acct. Reddit could break this if they programed a way to detect gmail's various legitimate alternative addresses. And if Reddit gave me a way to try to address the issue of my email address being falsely used then I would do it. However, their site seems to be mostly automatic and support gives only canned responses.
Rgds, xyz. aka x.yz. aka xy.z. aka xyz+(any numeric string)