Check Before You Send: Gmail Is Screwing Up Auto-Complete E-Mail Addresses

gmailautocompleteWhen I go into Gmail to start an e-mail and type “D” in the address line, I know without even looking that it autocompletes to “Donny Donaldson,” my fictional best friend from summer camp. But if I typed in “D” today, it might autocomplete to “Debbie Debrason,” a fictional ex-girlfriend who I try to avoid.

This is apparently happening to lots of Gmail users today, with many people going on Twitter to complain about accidentally e-mailing the wrong person or having to go through the hassle — oh, the terror — of typing in more than 1-2 letters before getting to the right person in their address book.

“We’re aware of an issue with Gmail and auto-complete and currently investigating,” reads a statement from Google. “Apologies for any inconvenience.”

Here some complaints about the problem. Go to for more.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.