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“STOP IT!”: Gmail users say Google sends spam messages in their names

By Gina on March 16, 2012 | Spam and email, Spam message, spam email letters, Google sends spam, Gmail users get spam from Google “STOP IT!”: Gmail users say Google sends spam messages in their names

Gmail users are blaming Google of accessing their contact lists and sending spam emails to contacts to non-Gmail users. According to Gmail users, spam emails were sent in their names to friends that don't use Gmail.

Such situation, irate many users and one of them wrote “STOP IT!” on Google's forum. "At no point did I say it was ok for Google to send email messages to my non-GMail contacts recommending they sign up for GMail," Google's forum users said. 

The contents of the e-mails are reproduced on the forum. The subject line is "(My Name) wants to chat."



MrCheck, the user that posted message on Google's forum, also claims that a contact of his responded back to the unauthorized email and informed him that he doesn’t use Gmail or Google Talk.

Even if MrCheck posted the message in November of last year, nowadays there are also Gmail users that claim it has happened to them as well. Jen O. also expressed frustration: "This just happened to me! I posted something in a Google group today, and the same message you described went to everyone in the group! What's going on?! Not happy Google...."

Google responded to an issue and commented: "It sounds like you are seeing chat invite emails,” said Sarah, a Gmail Community Manager. “These emails are generally sent when you invite a non-Gmail user to chat with you.”

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