I have had a Gmail account for a long time at tony.rasa from Gmail. Since I moved everything over to a Google Apps Domain a while back, I don’t use the Gmail account anymore – but I still have a forwarding rule sending any stray messages to my “new” domain.
It turns out that my name is not a globally unique identifier. There is another of me. I have a Doppelgänger, and he has the gmail address TonyRasa (no dot). His friends email him in Spanish, and he uses an online service for payroll matters (happily these emails don’t reveal anything that they shouldn’t). Also, he’s [attempted to?] reset his gmail password a few times, as I get those emails as well. Presumably if I had any interesting email arriving at my defunct Gmail account, he’d be getting those too.
It seems that Gmail is very forgiving about email addresses – two email addresses that look the same, even if one goes to google.com and the other to gmail.com, or have differences in punctuation, = the same accounts.
Has this problem been around for a long time? Anybody know who to talk to to fix it? I’d delete my gmail account, but will that delete this other’s guys account too? That would not be very nice… I’ve sent an email to support / gmail and have only gotten a form letter back saying check [various online sources that gave no help].
UPDATED: Since as pointed out in the comments, this is expected behavior, I’ve updated the title to flip the Fail bit.