I Am Not a Republic Wireless Customer Why Am I Receiving an Email Intended for a Member?

Environment

  • Almost identical Gmail accounts
  • Non-member receives a member's email

Answer

Google does not acknowledge periods (".") as characters in addresses. For example: hikingfan@gmail.com, hiking.fan@gmail.com and hi.kin.g.fan@gmail.com, according to Google, are all the same. Additionally, adding a plus ("+") sign and any combination of words or numbers after an email address does not change the email and emails will still be delivered to the root address. Example: Mail that is sent to hikingfan+friends@gmail.com or hikingfan+mailinglists@gmail.com will be delivered to the root email hikingfan@gmail.com. 


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