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Submission + - Ask Slashdot:How to I not get other people's email

vrimj writes: vrimj writes "I have a common enough first name lastname combination that I sometimes get other peoples email at my firstname.lastname@gmail.com account.

It isn't a big deal if it is a person, I let them know, they fix it.

The big problem I am having is with companies and websites. These emails are often no reply which means I can't send back a quick note.

I got someone's credit card bills for three months before I realized there was nothing for it but calling the company (I tried a couple of emails first).

Recently got a notice about someone's kid signing up for a website. I don't have any but to hit the response and tell them that I first have to say I am that kids parent or guardian. I didn't know where to go from there.

Today I get an invoice from a cable company, it is for a different state. I can't reply. I go to the online support, they tell me my only choice is to call the sales office. I gave in for the bank but I am not talking to someone else's cable company.

Is there any way to make emails to an improperly formatted gmail address bounce or do something else obvious? Is there a technical solution I am overlooking.

I doesn't happen that often but it is an increasing PITA with no reply email addresses. I hate just setting up a filter because that cuts off these other people who made a typo or had someone not enter something correctly, but it is looking like the best choice.

It isn't spam, but it isn't my meat."

Submission + - Best way to get a single emergancy contact number?

vrimj writes: I have family, by blood and by choice, that need to be notified if something happens to me. I want them to all find out as soon as possible, and the best way to do that seems to be setting up a call forwarding number to ring them all and letting the first to answer handle informing the others.

It would be easy to set up on google voice, but I use it as my primary number as does one of the people on my must call list. That leaves me with commercial services. The problem is I don't know what the reliability is like with the various choices like skype and onesuite. I really need it to work if I need it. I don't mind paying something for the service, but I don't want to pay more then I need to.

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