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Other people are using my email address

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Daddima Thu 23-Aug-18 16:56:19

I am constantly getting emails which are not for me. Some are to my name with a dot between first and second names, and I know gmail doesn’t recognise dots. Others are to my gmail address, some from USA and some from Ireland.The latest one was telling me how to load my Paypal Mastercard!
I’ve had work and bank communications, as well as ones from mailing lists. I’ve replied to as many as I could, explaining that it’s not my address, but still they come!
Can anyone suggest what I could do?

ninathenana Thu 23-Aug-18 17:41:57

Delete, block and don't open anything you are not expecting !!

We all get spam e-mails. They do it in the hope you will respond and then they've got you hooked.
Some are down right dangerous and wreck your system.

Daddima Thu 23-Aug-18 17:53:05

But these are not spammy-looking! They’re receipts for purchases, minutes of meetings, invitations to meetings and such like.
I’ve built up quite a detailed picture of the Daddima impostors!

Elegran Thu 23-Aug-18 18:20:10

Here is a question the Google help forum from someone else with exactly the same problem.!topic/gmail/8j8P2tdgeKQ;context-place=forum/gmail

Jalima1108 Thu 23-Aug-18 18:20:55

I would change my email address and send your new one to everyone trusted on your list.
Then delete the other email address.

I had to do this a while ago - but you will have to re-register with GN and choose a slightly different user name (or totally different if you fancy a change!). I had to add some numbers.

Elegran Thu 23-Aug-18 18:23:59

In your position I would cancel that email address and get a new one which was unique and not likely to be used by someone else.

SueDonim Thu 23-Aug-18 20:45:49

I've had a similar problem, too. I've apparently spent an inordinate amount of time in Uber taxis, driving round Zanzibar! confused