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Some idiot signed up for facebook using one of my email addresses.

Despite the fact that facebook indicates you have to confirm/validate your email address before an account will be created, and I did not confirm the email address, this chicky-doodle is using her account, getting massive numbers of friend and event requests, and giving me spam grief.

I tried to report it to facebook, but it appears they have no way of reporting this particular incident, since they proclaim that an account will not be created unless you validate the email address. Which I haven't done.

So. Options to consider:

1) Do a facebook password request on the account, get in and delete the account.
2) Go to the effort of trying to actually find her facebook account (which isn't currently searchable by my email address unfortunately), send her a message and give her X time to change her account details or I'll delete the account. This probably means I'd have to validate the account to find it.
3) Something else - suggest away.

I do not want to block facebook emails from coming to that email account, because I may just want to create a facebook account for that email address in the near future.

Suggestions?

ETA
I did a facebook password reset to get into the account and look around. It was some stupid little teeny-bopper who had created the account with my email, realized her mistake and validated a different email but neglected to cancel the request to validate mine. Since mine was the initial email address with which the account was made, emails were going to that account... presumably as well as to her other account. I deleted the reference to mine, left hers, and changed her status to "I am an idiot who enters other people's email addresses as my facebook contact email. Be glad I only just changed the password and removed my own email address; I could have legitimately deleted your account."

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rpeate
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Number one, with prejudice.
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's so tempting. My only fear is that I might have to actually validate the account in order to get rid of it :/

So frustrated. I wish there was a way I could report it.
murun
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'd do option 1 but instead of deleting, put a message on there saying "Duh! Wrong email, luv!" Or something, enough to make her realise and then change the details maybe?
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe. Thanks!
avecvu
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Do a password request, log in to the account. See if she has any other methods of contact listed. Deactivate the account to prevent further messages being sent to your e-mail address. Contact her (if possible) and give her the heads up.

Alternately just do the password request and delete the damn thing. I'm sure you'd have to do a password reset anyway, but if you don't, change it so that she can't reactivate it.
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
My only fear is that in doing the password request I'd have to validate the account. :/
gratefuladdict
Oct. 18th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Did you try clicking on the links that were in the email notifications?

I'm not sure I'd do anything nasty... although you're annoyed, I'm sure this person is frustrated as well, trying to figure out where their notifications are going. I think murun has the right idea.
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
You know, I did do that, because one of them gave the option to report "abuse" if I didn't create this facebook account, and it gave me an error. Basically, I can't report it.

It's seriously pissing me off that I can't report this to facebook, and there seems to be no way to tell them about this problem.
theafaye
Oct. 18th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
I love how you have friends who think the best of people and think this is just some mistake on her part.

Delete it. Do not drop her a note. Do not alert her to the fact that there's been a mistake somewhere along the way. This is FB's error, but at the same time, I'm dubious about why someone has used your email address and I'd be changing my password on my email address because just because *you* didn't verify the email, doesn't mean someone else hasn't, you know?

So delete and let her set up her own FB account with her own email. And let her have an experience of how unsympathetic FB to anything dodgy going on on that site - "but someone deleted my account" "no, YOU did."

(I hate FB.)
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
I seriously can't imagine anyone had access to this email account - I don't give out that information to anyone.

The reason I suspect error rather than foul play, is that this particular email address was created when gmail was new, and it would probably be a popular one chosen. I get a TON of new account creations for accounts I didn't create, on that email address, usually from people who typo their own email address on the account creation page. Normally it's pretty easy to address, but facebook makes it unbelievably difficult for some reason...
theafaye
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
People can and have had their email addresses hacked, which is why I'm always ultra suspicious. You don't need to have given out the information. Getting a verification email you ignore is one thing but an account actually created is another.

Delete it. Change your password. Forget about it.
papaya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Get in and cause mischief with her friends (which is what I wish I'd done when I was in your position).
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
haha!

We'll see!
phaedie
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Delete it.
sharya
Oct. 18th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Even if it means validating the email address in order to do that?
phaedie
Oct. 18th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yes because once you have validated you can send facebook a message telling them how fucked up they are and then delete the account.
If you change the password no one else can get access to it right?
This would annoy me to no ends and I'd be all annoyed at the chick too.
How could you not know what your email address is or not notice you aren't getting notifications?
It just sounds really fishy to me.
catdraco
Oct. 19th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
I've done option 1 before. We have work Facebook accounts to administer our fan page, and the former manager used the 'manager @...' address to set up her Facebook page.

I requested a password reset, reset the password, then deleted the page. Done and dusted.

So in your situation, I'd go with option 1.
sharya
Oct. 20th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Option 1 is what I started to go with, but then changed my mind when I saw the situation. It was some stupid little teeny-bopper who had created the account with my email, realized her mistake and validated a different email but neglected to cancel the request to validate mine. I deleted the reference to mine, left hers, and changed her status to "I am an idiot who enters other people's email addresses as my facebook contact email. Be glad I only just changed the password and removed my own email address; I could have legitimately deleted your account."
sharya
Oct. 20th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
How are you doing by the way? I know you were doing a 30 days meme, and I wasn't able to keep up. Are things going any better?
catdraco
Oct. 20th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I paused about halfway through that meme and haven't worked my way back to it.

Things are busy, I guess. It's the business end of the year for me, so my work hours have increased and I'm still not getting everything done yet.

My brother's birthday is next week: I have a bit of a social event going on there to remember him which should be nice. But mostly I'm flat out busy, trying to stay in touch with people and still get enough sleep. :D

How are you?
sharya
Oct. 22nd, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
I like that idea. I notice that's when I find myself thinking the most of dad - on his birthday.

I'm not too bad really. A bit busier than I'd like, but all is going well in general. Lately I've had a bit of drama, but other than that it's good.
tinkydee
Oct. 19th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
sorry, no ideas here, but very interested in what you decide to do about it!
sharya
Oct. 20th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
It was some stupid little teeny-bopper who had created the account with my email, realized her mistake and validated a different email but neglected to cancel the request to validate mine. I deleted the reference to mine, left hers, and changed her status to "I am an idiot who enters other people's email addresses as my facebook contact email. Be glad I only just changed the password and removed my own email address; I could have legitimately deleted your account."

So I've been commenting/emailing periodically over the last couple of months... how are you doing? And would you like to get together for coffee?
aphotic_one
Oct. 19th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
SO many things about this make little sense to me. Firstly, who does this crap? Second, WHY?? I mean really--what purpose could this possibly serve? Key-logging a CURRENT FB account--I could see doing. Making a fake one with someone else's email just seems...juvenile and pointless to me. It's not like they can gain access to said email account (not that way, at least).

Third, why would you need to create another account from that email address in the near future? Secret account of sorts or what?
sharya
Oct. 20th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Heh. People who can't type will habitually typo their email address without realizing it. That particular email address has a shitload of accounts made for it - most of the time I just block the service.

It was some stupid little teeny-bopper who had created the account with my email, realized her mistake and validated a different email but neglected to cancel the request to validate mine. I deleted the reference to mine, left hers, and changed her status to "I am an idiot who enters other people's email addresses as my facebook contact email. Be glad I only just changed the password and removed my own email address; I could have legitimately deleted your account."

I have a second gaming facebook account (although I mostly use my main one to play my favourite games on) - I use it to create energy characters on various games so that I can blitz that job/task to get the looted item. It's nice to have one character like that, so you can easily accumulate all the boss weapons in a game, but then make a decent fighting character with a different account.

Since I've toyed with the idea of different characters, and you can only have one character per account, I might want to have a different account for another character.
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