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Not sure if someone is phishing...

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BASHful

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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:57 am

Not sure if someone is phishing...

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this...

Months ago, I emailed a friend at someonesname@gmail.com (example address) and apparently my friend doesn't own that address because he told me it was slightly different than the one I sent the email to. Then yesterday I got a reply from what seemed to be that email, but it was actually some.ones.name@gmail.com. So they replied to my email but from a similar looking address. I am just wondering how they could have gotten my email message if I sent it to a different address. I knew by their reply that they got my email message since they were talking about it specifically. The reply itself sounds fishy too: "Heyla,
    I lost track of my email for a few months.  Forgive me that I'm not sure who you are.  I've been going through a lot of medical stuff lately.  In a later email from you, you sent a song.  I've downloaded it to listen to.  I hope you are well."


Clearly this is someone phishing. And if I get a request for money wired to Nigeria, I will know for sure it's bs, but until then I am just trying to figure out how they could have gotten my message.
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:05 am

Re: Not sure if someone is phishing...

They might've had forwarding for their email from one gmail account to another.
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:46 pm

Re: Not sure if someone is phishing...

That's a feature in Gmail. They ignore '.' in a username as well as capitalization, so s.o.m.e.o.n.e@gmail.com is the exact same as some.one@gmail.com and someone@gmail.com.

You can read more at:

http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answ ... wer=10313#
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:10 pm

Re: Not sure if someone is phishing...

Thanks, never knew that.  :)  I just assumed they were forwarding...
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:45 pm

Re: Not sure if someone is phishing...

Glad to be of service.... ;D
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