getting emails that aren't for me – what would you do?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
Member
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MsGinkgo:  Ignore and delete.  You have already tried letting grandma know she has a wrong address.  As for the others, she is just not being diligent, and/or is being very careless in giving the correct information (if you are booking a hotel room, you are typing in the email address.  Same goes for car rentals, etc).  The gal is lucky the person receiving this information is not robbing her blind!!!

Post # 4
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

This happens to me too, for some reason gmail doesn’t know the difference betwee ie. AnnieSmith and Annie.Smith For the promo emails, just use the quick unsubscirbe line right by the email address. 

Post # 5
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275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would personally contact one of her friends/relatives or something and ask for her contact information, see if you can contact this person directly so she knows about the problem and can fix it. If you are getting emails from places like car rentals and hotel info, that means she is giving out *your* address on accident – she should know that she should be more careful about inputting her email address into contact forms and giving her address to grandma.

I would also keep replying to the personal emails “Sorry, this is the wrong email address” or something, so the personal contacts, wedding vendors, university, etc can go bother her about updating/telling them her real email. The more people/places that bother this woman about getting her email address right, the more likely she will realize that she needs to be more careful.

Seriously, how annoying. It all stems from this woman being lazy/careless about giving out her email, misspelling it, and now you have to deal with it. I would be pissed, and the only way to fix it is to fix the source of the problem: her ambivalence about giving out an incorrect email address. 

Post # 6
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1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

MsGinkgo: Do you know what her actual email address is? I ask because I also have myname@gmail.com but my name is a weird different spelling of a fairly common name. I went through this one period where I kept getting LEGAL DOCUMENTS from a LAW OFFICE for someone with the fairly common name–and I’m talking documentation regarding court orders regarding a custody battle, in depth shit I never should have received. The first two times I emailed the law office letting them know–the third time, I responded saying that I bet I could figure out the person’s actual email address (nevermind where they lived!) from just the information the office had provided me already, so since they apparently had a problem figuring out which email was right, I could always just forward the relevant documentation to their client for them.

They never emailed me again… but I did contact the client. Like anyone could trust a shiesty law office like that.

Post # 7
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1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MsGinkgo:  The fact that it keeps happening is mind blowing, because I for one check/print every single confirmation I make, whether it be online ordering/hotel/car rentals, etc!!  If I did not receive it, I would be calling, AND if she thinks that is actually her email address, then what is she logging into?!?!  *facepalm*

Post # 8
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1321 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Hmm i wouldnt advice you to reply to any of the emails. It could be a spoof email thats trying to see if the email is active. Just delete and block. 

Post # 9
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744 posts
Busy bee

I get these a few times a year – one today, in fact.  There is someone out there who has an unusual spelling of my common name, and I think people default to the common spelling sometimes.  They are usually very obviously not spam (today’s was from a teacher to all the parents in her new class), and so I always reply and let them know they have the wrong person.  I don’t reply to commercial emails.  Sometimes I get a kind thank you, sometimes I get no response at all.  If I got a rude response I would never respond again to that email address if I got another email from them.

Post # 10
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2320 posts
Buzzing bee

MsGinkgo:  Ugh how annoying! I have had that problem with this one group of girls who every now and then try to make group plans, and they always email me! I finally said something, cause I was just imaging this girl getting left out and thinking all her friends hate her lol. Her friends apologized and thanked me, but it’s happened randomly a few more times since. People are just plain careless. It was nice of you to tell the grandma, and whata whack job to email someone and yell at you when you could’ve deleted the whole thing. Maybe keep marking everything as junk to eventually filter out crap that comes to her? I would be tempted to find the girl’s real email somehow and contact her.

Post # 11
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2084 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 MsGinkgo:  Unsubscribe to eveything you can and then block the things you can’t. If she’s not getting her personal emails that is her problem and not yours.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  sillysillybee.
Post # 13
Member
643 posts
Busy bee

MsGinkgo:  I’d mark all the email as junk. Someone should be able to type/provide their email address. If they can’t – multiple times for years – then maybe that person isn’t ready for the internet. 

Post # 14
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36 posts
Newbee

MsGinkgo:  I could have written your post exactly. I also have a gmail account that is myname@gmail.com. The other person has myname@gmail.com except they have the middle intial of L intbetween their first and last and when it’s lowercase it’s easy to miss. First I tried writing her a nice, very polite email saying “Oh hey I must be getting your emails, sorry about that I will forward them to you.” No response. I began forwarding her every email I got which was  a TON… she adopted a dog, microchip information, she bought a new car- insurance information, a work party invitation, a new house email from her bank… the list goes on and on and on. I continued to forward them to her with a “Got your email again” short but sweet message. She NEVER responded. Super rude in my opinion. I recently got an email from a coworker of hers. I responded back politely to him and explained the situation. No response again. Not even a thank you, oops sorry etc. So I have decided to stop wasting my time and now I just delete them. It’s crazy. I would have been so grateful to someone for forwarding my emails but maybe she is just mad I took the email address before her.. who knows.. people are weird 🙂 

Post # 15
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1473 posts
Bumble bee

It happened to me once. I had two emails at the time and one was constantly being used by someone else.  The final straw was when the person used my e-mail to sign up for facebook. i kept getting notifications and eventually just stop using that e-mail. 

sorry i have no advice but i can sympathize. 

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