What can I do when I’m having issues with a GMail account user?

Peter Creager September 13, 2011
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I have been getting crazy emails from some idiot on a GMail account. Now the idiot has opened a GMail account in my name. It’s getting crazy. Any way I can find out a name and address for this guy. Can I get the authorities involved in any manner?

  1. Pankaj Dey
    April 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I too am experiencing the same issue. A guy with the same name & mail id almost similar to mine (with the exception of a (.) in between is causing similar problems. Somehow his mails end up in mine particularly the Facebook updates. I believe similarly my mails also end up in his mail id.

  2. James Bruce
    September 15, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I think we'd all be better off if you posted some of these crazy emails for us all to see! 

    But otherwise - it's not illegal to create a Gmail account in any name you like. Unless they attempt to commit FRAUD by using that fake identity to say, shop online with your credit card, then it's becomes a crime. Simply making a fake email is not a crime, I'm afraid. 

    • James Bruce
      September 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

      and neither is sending "crazy" emails, unless they're threatening your life.

  3. Mulder
    September 14, 2011 at 4:28 am

    You claim that this "idiot" has opened an account in your name is pure nonsense; there are others in the world with your name. To believe otherwise is delusional. Even if it were true that he opened an account with a variation on your name, there's no crime, since there is no requirement for anyone to use their real name on an email account. Get over it.

    Unless you have made your Gmail profile public, this "idiot" isn't targeting you; it's far more likely that your email address was harvested by malware on your PC, or the PC of someone you sent an email to in the past, and you're now the recipient of spam email.

    You should tell everyone you know to check their PC carefully for any malware, and if they aren't running any anti-virus or anti-malware programs, they need to start immediately. And you can just change your email address to something that can't be easily guessed by a spammer. There are a staggering number of possibilities available.

  4. Jeffery Fabish
    September 14, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Why would you want authorities in on your home life? There are serious crimes they have to tend to, not petty impersonation behavior.

    If he is spamming you simply block him. Depending on how badly you've pissed him off, he may go away on his own. Read Google's support article on Impersonation which basically tells you to go to several different authorities since "Gmail is unable to participate in mediations involving third parties regarding impersonation". However, if after an investigation it is deemed that you're being impersonated, the authorities can request that Google deletes the account (all this for simply one account when he can create another).

    I'd take matters into my own hands and get his IP address from his emails. From there you could either complain to his ISP (assuming it's not proxified) or find out whats going on in his network and stop him from within, an eye for an eye.