I have an old email account I check on occasion. Others sometimes mistype their own account and register for services using this email address. Most services ask for confirmation so there’s not much of a problem. In such cases I don’t confirm and that way the registration doesn’t really go through. Presumably the person eventually realizes this and registers with the correct address.
However, not all systems go through such verification. I just checked this account and noticed that someone has signed up on one of those social sites (you know, the ones like MySpace where you connect up with friends) and has since been accumulating numerous connections. I get a notification about both friend requests and friend acceptances requested by “me”.
So what to do? I see that the original notification email gives me a link to resetting “my” password in case I forgot it. I could go and reset the password and log into this person’s account with the intent of figuring out who the person is and letting them know of this issue. However, chances are low that I’ll figure out the person’s real email address so the best I can do is to erase the account. That is, if I want to stop receiving the numerous notifications. But of course if I couldn’t find another address (most likely) then the person who set up the account would no longer be able to log in. I don’t mean to cause such confusion. On the other hand, wouldn’t the person who set up this account find it curious that there are no messages coming their way?
I don’t mean to mess with this person’s account, but I’m annoyed by all the email notifications and the use of my address. Any suggestions? (The account was set up just a few days ago so the person couldn’t have invested too much in setting it up just yet.)