Post # 1
For the last couple of years I’ve been getting emails for someone else with my name to my gmail account. They stop for a while and then start again and it drives me nuts. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If it was all junk email I wouldn’t care, I’d assume someone is being a jerk and using my email for promotional stuff they don’t want, but I get emails from her grandma, her alma matter, I got emails about her wedding, car rentals, hotel confirmations… Some of these will have very personal information in it.
When I got the email from her grandma I replied and indicated that the email address was incorrect. I then got a really jerky email back from a man telling me off for being mean to the grandma (??)
What do I do? Do I keep replying saying ‘hey, wrong address’, do I unsubscribe from the mailing lists and hope the girl figures it out? It’s one of those phases where I’m getting a lot of her email and it’s getting annoying.
What would you do?
Post # 2
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 # 3
OUgal0004: yeah really. The little devil on my shoulder has wanted to cancel things before (but i would never actually do that), I swear i got every confirmation for her trip 2 weeks ago.
Post # 4
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
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
MsGinkgo: Do you know what her actual email address is? I ask because I also have email@example.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
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 12
Mimiz: gmail doesn’t recognize katie.smith as different than katiesmith, both email addresses are the same – this is the way the first one happened and I freaked thinking something was effed up with gmail.
goblueca: I’ve been trying to reply to ones that are obviously personal or very important (like some of the wedding ones), I generally delete the corporate crap.
purrrbaby: no, these are emails with her very personal wedding balances, car rentals – they’re not spam.
MrsRevolutionize: i don’t, I wish I did,
Post # 13
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
MsGinkgo: I could have written your post exactly. I also have a gmail account that is firstname.lastname@example.org. The other person has email@example.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
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.