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Old 03-07-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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My boss sent an email to my Gmail account with an email trail from his boss I'm sure I wasn't supposed to see. I starred the email and replied carefully, but when I checked my smart phone an hour later the email was gone. I checked my desktop, saw the original email, but it disappeared, right in front of my eyes, before I could read it again.

There is no trace of the original email, no trace of my reply in the Sent Mail folder, nothing in the Starred folder, nothing in trash, and several searches turned up nothing tucked away in any folders on my computer. The original email isn't that big a deal, I'm just astonished it could disappear so completely.

Anyone familiar with this? Are there programs out there that can recall and delete sent emails? The turnaround time from his original email to my reply was 10 minutes max.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:57 PM
 
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This seems very unlikely. Gmail does not have a recall feature (in the case it was gmail to gmail). There is no recall feature that goes across email providers.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:29 PM
 
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It does seem unlikely, that's what's bugging me about this. I've spent the last couple hours running searches on this subject (when I should've finished my taxes). Once an email is sent, that's it, there's no getting it back. Certain networked systems seem to have a recall feature, but this is my home computer. I'll talk to our tech guy about it tomorrow and see what he says.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:45 PM
 
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Found this - How To Recall Email In Gmail
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:56 PM
 
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That's just a 30 second delay that allows you to cancel the transmission. It's not really a recall.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:17 AM
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Oh, yeah - there are ways to send secure email that could be read/respond only once and then it will disappear from the server.
Like this, but there are more such programs to use. I use it myself.
2 Free Online Tools to Encrypt Your Emails & Securely Send Confidential Emails
https://burnnote.com/#/
http://techztricks.blogspot.com/2012/01/trick-to-automatically-delete-email.html (broken link)
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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Spoke to my tech guys today. We don't use anything like what elnina described above, and we don't have the capability to recall email once it's sent out. Whatever happened is totally my bad. Thanks for the input.
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:24 PM
 
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I belong to a recreational organisation and emails that have been sent from one of the members have disappeared, not only from my computer but also from other members' computers. How can this happen. Are our other emails secure? There is a concern that this particular member also used another member's email address to send a mischievous email as if it came from him. How can someone do this?
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:42 AM
 
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I'm not a gmail expert, but I had a gmail account at a school I worked at, and I believe that my account was part of a group over which they had superuser privileges. In other words, I could store documents, emails, etc. in "my" account, but it was more like a sub-account of the school.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:54 AM
 
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I've discovered the reason behind my disappearing emails. They occurred after updating software on my iPad. On going to the desktop computer I found the missing emails on a file set aside for retaining these emails. Relieved there was no hacking although the use of my friends email address to send what appeared to be a mischief making email was certainly hacked
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