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01:48 pm: If someone [I believe an actual person, rather than a spammer, apparently a child] has signed up for an online social networking account and mistyped their email address, so that I am recieving emails for it, what can I do about this to tell them please not to, while still staying on the right side of ethics and law?

On a technical level, I could probably use the reset password link to take over the account, but I'd have grave doubts about doing that and I have no idea what their actual email address is to change to it, so I'm not sure whether that would be any use anyhow.

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From:thatmakesmemad
Date:April 18th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Well unless you can contact the site operators then take over will be your only option.
What sort of social site doesn't use email verification !!!!
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From:pplfichi
Date:April 19th, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
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I'd bug the site's support about it and let them deal with it.
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From:psyfira
Date:April 21st, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
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Uusally you have to verify an email address by clicking on an emailed link when creating these accounts so I'm surprised it's gotten through.

If you're certain it's a real network and not spam then I'd contact the site's admins or go through a help link to see if you can get the address removed, see if they've got a section for identity issues or possibly removal of copyrighted material (I suppose it's a similar case). Or you could create your own account and contact the user (if the network allows it) but that kind of lands you with 2 accounts instead of one.
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