MeanJim wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 20:39:
TheBigVlad wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 17:40:
Those emails Blue is getting sound exactly like emails from the Trump campaign, which I unfortunately have witnessed firsthand, due to having wacko family members.
I think I've mentioned my email situation here before. I have a gmail address that is my firstname.lastname@gmail, and apparently other people with my name seem to think it's theirs. I've had one person put it on a resume and I got his job offers, numerous accounts created at weird places and orders placed, so I know where some of them live. Some places give me crap trying to get accounts closed and my email removed. I've gotten less patient over the years cleaning up after these idiots, so now I log in using the recovery or password reset and change the email and password.
The latest dipshit has opened an account with TD Ameritrade, and they will not remove my email address. I contacted their support services to explain that someone accidentally used the wrong email address and they should remove me and contact the account owner, but they said they do not make account changes over email and the only way they to remove my address is to contact them through their secure message center, which requires logging into an account I don't have, or calling and doing it on the phone, which I can't do because it wants proof I'm the account holder. The only thing I know to do is file a complaint with the FTC because according to the CAN-SPAM act; Commercial emails must include a clear and conspicuous explanation of how the recipient can opt out, and opt out requests must be honored within 10 business days. You can’t charge a fee, require the recipient to give you any personally identifying information beyond an email address, or make the recipient take any step other than sending a reply email or visiting a single page on an Internet website as a condition for honoring an opt-out request.
I'm in a similar situation. I have a firstinitial.lastname gmail address and I get emails intended for others with my last name all the time. It's a little annoying but I usually just ignore them unless it's obvious that it was hand-typed, in which case I may politely respond saying they got the wrong address. Mostly I get order confirmations, sign-up confirmation emails, etc. I feel like I just have to ignore them because, as you say, getting companies to remove your email address from the account they have set up isn't easy if you can't show that you're the account holder. I'll have to look into the CAN-SPAM though act because I don't know the details, but I assume it just applies to unsolicited emails, which now that I think about it, is exactly what I'm getting lol.