Why am I getting this error trying to find a user by email?

Im trying to fix this but I can’t find a way

 checkUser: async (strapi: Strapi, email: string) => {
const user = await strapi.db.query("plugin::users-permissions.user").findOne({
  where: { email: email },

if (user) {
      return true;
    } else {
      return false;


    "data": null,
    "error": {
        "status": 403,
        "name": "Error",
        "message": "Undefined attribute level operator email",
        "details": {}

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I suggest use the entityService over query btw.

But I would need an ID for that and I only have the email

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