Some users are reporting that a Gmail auto-suggest bug is suggesting rarely used contacts as opposed to frequently used contacts when completing new emails, causing some users to send emails to unintended recipients.
According to Business Insider, venture capitalist Fred Wilson posted about the problem yesterday stating that he’d been receiving a bunch of emails not intended for him.
I got a bunch of emails yesterday that were clearly not meant for me. I replied to let the senders know and deleted them without reading beyond what I had read to know it wasn’t for me.
When people get into the habit of trusting a service, it’s not hard to see how after typing a few letters and then hitting enter why one would expect the email to be addressed to the correct recipient. Depending on the email, this could be potentially embarrassing or even damaging if you are sending sensitive information or documents and it is received by the wrong person.
Google is aware of the issue and posted on Twitter that they are looking into the issue.
We’re aware of an issue with Gmail and auto-complete and are currently investigating. Apologies for any inconvenience.
— Gmail (@gmail) February 23, 2015
In the meantime, and a good rule of thumb anyways, is to verify that the person(s) filled out in the To: field over your Gmails is who you really are intending to send to.
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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.