As I’ve previously discussed on this blog, I have a semi-regular problem with people using my address to sign up for variety of fairly dodgy websites. Mostly of these sign-ups seem to be for older blokes in America who have bought a new car (and need insurance) or are for female-oriented adult sites, neither of which I have an interest in (I can assure you :).
Since I have a fairly generic email address, I’m guessing what happens is that someone needs to use an email address for something, and so they either “fake it” or the person inputting the information makes a shortcut. Unfortunately, because I have a fairly generic email address, these sign ups are often in my name.
There’s a guy in Ireland, for example, who often signs up for adult dating sites using my email address.
Most of the time the emails I receive will be asking me to confirm an email address (which I ignore assuming its spam).
But other times, these emails indicate no confirmation for sign-up was required at all, and so I find myself with my email address (which I’ve had for close to a decade) already associated with something which is quite dodgy, and which I’m not happy about.
What I’ve made a practice of doing over the last year, with those sites is going in, requesting a password reset, and then deleting the account. Most of the time you can do that easily, but other times it’s quite difficult. There’s still a couple of sites I can’t disassociate my account with, so send the emails directly to spam.
The latest of these dodgy sign-ups occurred today, as a male-seeking-female male escort in Canada signed up for a classified advertisement offering his services. Because he had used my email address to sign up for this site, I felt absolutely no shame in logging into his account, changing his password, and deleting both the advertisement and the account.
I’m a Scorpio – don’t cross me :)