I just received an email from an HR recruiter requesting a phone interview followup for a job application. However I did not apply for the job. The company is reputable and the recruiter has a valid Linked-In profile so I am inclined to believe this email.
However, I happen to know there is another person who has the email address of firstMlast@gmail.com (mine is email@example.com)*.
Honestly, I would feel a bit uncomfortable taking much action. Generally I just ignore/delete all mistaken communication directed to this person (well except the jury duty related one). It seems creepy to know what I know already let alone take actions on it.
But it seems unfair to just delete/ignore this email knowing why I mistakenly got it and knowing someone will not get an interview as a result.
Should I just forward this email to the right person ? Reply to or call the recruiter? Just not respond? What's the appropriate etiquette here?
*I am very confident there is a person with the same name as me in the location in question, whose email address is first(MI)firstname.lastname@example.org (mine is email@example.com). I found this out when I was looking for firstlast.com. Someone with this email had registered the domain and his address was in that city/state. Additionally I have received many emails directed to him in the past, such as jury duty notifications, jewelry purchase confirmations (congrats dude!), misc hobby related emails, flight confirmations, etc. It's actually really creepy how much I know about this person from people typing email addresses incorrectly... it also shows how many manual data entry jobs there are.
Edit: I got an auto reply rejection after responding to the initial email saying that they had the wrong email. Poor guy...
My gut feeling says he printed the wrong address on his business cards...Heh. One day I started getting phone calls at work for some realtor and I had no idea who he was. I kept telling people they had the wrong number, until at one point someone mentioned where the realtor was located and I realized it was in the office building right next to mine. So I went over to talk to the guy. Turns out he printed up a ton of business cards and got one digit wrong on the phone number...