Being the Google Apps loving, Google+ excluded, long-time domain owning cat that I am, I don’t use them much anymore, but I own several regular Gmail email addresses. I get occasional email at these addresses, mostly from websites where I didn’t want to give my real email address, so I have configured my Google Apps Gmail account to check them regularly. Emails to those accounts show up in a designated folder in my regular Gmail app.
A year or so ago, I started getting emails that weren’t intended for me, addressed to one of those old email addresses: knewsome at gmail. Over time, the amount of email increased. Now I get several a week. Most of the time I just delete them, or unsubscribe, if that is an option. Once I got what appeared to be an important email from a wife to her husband, so I emailed her from another email address and told her that I wasn’t her husband. I got another one from her the other day. She wanted him to call her at work, before 6:15.
At this point, I’ve unsubscribed, deleted and, in that one case, emailed, about as much as I can, to no avail. The emails keep coming.
I can’t get Tim Westergren to give me a straight answer on the Pandora hobbling 6-skips an hour limitation, but I got this today, welcoming some other Knewsome to Pandora:
Thanks so much for joining Pandora! We’re very happy to have you on board, and we look forward to providing you with endless hours of great music listening and discovery. The Music Genome Project has been a 10-year labor of love, and we hope you’ll enjoy the results.
Yesterday, Google wrote me, not to tell me I can finally use Google+, but to tell someone named Kenneth that his newest Gmail email address, signed up for via the Knewsome account, is ready:
Congratulations on creating your brand new Gmail address,
email@example.com. Please keep this email for your records, as it contains an important verification code that you may need should you ever encounter problems or forget your password.
There’s more. Meredith, Holly and Margaret invited me to the AHHS Class of 2001 10 Year Reunion in Forth Worth, Texas. Hope it was fun. I graduated from High School before they were born.
I got an email about a Scholastic Book Order from a third grade teacher in Florida. Hope those girls got their books.
Someone named Kindal was about to waste his/her money on some software program. The salesman’s email was so over the top, I couldn’t even tell what he was selling.
Clearly, these are not all the same person, and at least some of them are not spammers or scammers. It looks like a whole bunch of people are using the knewsome at gmail address like some sort of shared phone line. I don’t use that address, so I don’t care all that much.
But it is troubling. And apparently not an isolated event. These folks are complaining to Google. As are these.
Has anyone else experienced this sort of thing with their Gmail accounts?