Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adventures in Spam

I've blogged about this before, but to summarize: A number of people have signed up for things with my email addy. This can be problematic because I get their plane reservation info -- and one airline let me get in without a password and I had access to their seat and luggage info -- restaurant reservations, job listings, cable company bills and service call reservations, real estate listings, as well as emails from their banks, the stores where they have credit cards, and myriad other sites/places. I've gotten email from a woman trying to set me up with her friend (I answered that one and boy, was she embarrassed!), someone trying to change my password because she thought the email belonged to her uncle who couldn't log in, someone thinking I was their niece, and those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. I know things about some strangers that I really shouldn't have access to. And over time, I've figured the emails for tattoos, etc, were spam not intended for me, but now I'm sure because some Viagra spam has come in addressed to someone with the last name of Stafford. Yes, along with spam intended for me, I'm now getting other people's spam. And it's a bit disconcerting to know that I'm getting more email for strangers than I am for myself.