Somebody used my email add!!!

Philippines
March 16, 2010 7:14pm CST
..hi fellows.. When I opened my email this morning. I've received many confirmation emails saying that I have signed up in those sites.. when I saw the name in the confirmation, it wasn't my name at all.. I just realized somebody has used my email to sign up in those sites.. What I did was, I unsubscribe or opt out from those sites.. the name was Andria Smith.. I never knew somebody like that.. Have you ever experienced like this? What did you do to stop people from using your personal email address? I'd like to report the person but how and to whom? can you help me on this?.. thanks so much..
10 responses
• Hong Kong
17 Mar 10
Just change your password. If you always register in websites, use an alternative e-mail if you're not sure about the site's authenticity. Then set the alt. e-mail to forward all received mails to your main e-mail address. If your alt. one get spammed beyond rememdy, just give it up. My strategy.
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• Philippines
17 Mar 10
Could it be possible that your email address is of a generic type? One time I had an intended username in my mind but I was surprised that it was already in use. Or it could have been an honest mistake also. Maybe that person, whom you know, who used your email address absentmindedly typed yours instead of his/hers 'coz I can't think of any other reason why he/she should use another's email address when it's easy to create one's own. Anyway, the best is to create another one and stop using that old one.
• Malaysia
17 Mar 10
Sorry to hear that you have been spammed in this way by someone who you may or may not know. I agreed with the above posts to change your password ASAP. Make sure your computer doesn't have a key logger that can sniff out your password too before changing your password. This can be done by scanning your computer with anti virus and anti spyware programs. Unfortunately you can't stop people from using the email address from signing up to those websites, but at least most of the websites will send an email to you to verify your account. Another good way to avoid this problem is to sign up a new email address and abandon this old email address. Hope this problem will be soon be solved.
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• Philippines
17 Mar 10
I haven't experienced it although I am aware of the nasty things online specially if you have been doing online work for a year now. So my advice is change your password. And please please please, never use a universal password, which means, you have the same password to most of your accounts, from email to social sites, etc. etc.. About the IP address, yes as what other mylotters have mentioned, it is really possible to trace you with this, but the thing is the password. So I hope that you already learned your lesson about this. Happy Mylotting.
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
17 Mar 10
The name may not even be the real name of the person. Many sites note the IP address when a membership application is made. If the IP address is static then the person can be traced. Tracking a person using a dynamic IP address takes more time, because there is a need to check the log of the servers handling the request route including the IP address. There is a possibility that your email account was hacked, and the person knows your password. Ideally change it. It may not change anything because a person can put anybody's email address when filling in a form. Making a report may not get you anywhere, unless it involves national or international security. My email address was used by someone or a group of people, and I reported it to the email provider. After three days they said there was nothing they could do. Maybe you should have many spare email addresses. Should one gets heavily comromised then you could use a different one.
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@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
no, i haven't. it's my first time to hear about such things.
@Bloggership (1104)
• Indonesia
17 Mar 10
In this case, that is why we had to keep our email so private... I believe someone that knows your email using it while their visiting some websites that require an email addresses in order to keep their true email away from any newsletters or spam...
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
refrain posting your emails in suspicious sites or other social sites. if you want to share your emails then you could use the Primate messaging feature of the site you are using.
@jimbo88 (231)
• Indonesia
17 Mar 10
maybe your email hacked by someone, I think you should make new email for better condition. Someone can see inside your email after your email hacked.
@topffer (37810)
• France
17 Mar 10
Report this to the admins of the sites. I believe that this person is just a spammer, but a clever one : the sites where he/her sign up have his/her IP, but not you. Make a list of your prefered enemies