Other People’s E-mail

Lately, I’ve been getting e-mail at my Gmail account that are clearly intended for other people.  I thought “Scott” and “Lawrence” were fairly common names individually, but the number of people who believe that slawrence [at] gmail [dot] com belongs to them has grown to the point where it’s beginning to become inconvenient.

The e-mails that concern me the most are the ones that contain people’s travel information, passwords to certain websites, and cellphone bills.  Because they’re automatically e-mailed from these sites, I’m not sure what the best way is to contact these folks to have corrections made.

I welcome any suggestions readers (all 3 of you ;-)) might have on the best way to deal with this.


  1. Art says:

    Scott – I know the feeling. I had the same thing happen about two years ago with two different “a held”s. I was able to track down a phone number for one intended recipient and got that straightened out. (He notified his friends, and turns out to be a very nice guy with whom I occasionally exchange emails.

    The other one was not so pretty. They cursed me for calling them (I think they thought I was trying to scam them – or that I had somehow stolen their email address or password – they were not terribly coherent about it). I now just delete anything that shows up for them. (it’s pretty much stopped coming.)

    I hope things are going well for you.


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