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    someone used my email address to create a facebook account

    I have been checking some of my old email addresses, and I have found that someone has used one of them to create a facebook account.

    it says the account was created on the 25th Feb 2012, so I'm sure it wasn't me, as the last time I checked it was quite a while before that.

    I don't know how (if at all) they managed to validate it, unless they figured out my yahoo address password, which would be impressive seeing as it was mostly random numbers & letters.

    the first thing I did, was send a reset password request to my account, then logged in and changed the password to the facebook account, followed by changing the password to my email account.

    seeing as the account was created using my email address, and assuming they didn't actually validate it, what would be the legal grounds for either taking over the facebook account, or deleting it altogether? I had noticed that whoever it was (same surname as mine, but different first name), had used my email address to sign up to some other sites, not all of them being reputable.

    personally, I don't really care for facebook, but I did try to create one a few weeks ago to view pics my sister had uploaded of my nephew to her account. I gave up on that idea when I found out I was required to supply a mobile phone number.

    would there be any legal implications to taking over an account that was created using my email address, or just going ahead to delete it altogether?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surebrec View Post
    I have been checking some of my old email addresses, and I have found that someone has used one of them to create a facebook account.

    it says the account was created on the 25th Feb 2012, so I'm sure it wasn't me, as the last time I checked it was quite a while before that.

    I don't know how (if at all) they managed to validate it, unless they figured out my yahoo address password, which would be impressive seeing as it was mostly random numbers & letters.

    the first thing I did, was send a reset password request to my account, then logged in and changed the password to the facebook account, followed by changing the password to my email account.

    seeing as the account was created using my email address, and assuming they didn't actually validate it, what would be the legal grounds for either taking over the facebook account, or deleting it altogether? I had noticed that whoever it was (same surname as mine, but different first name), had used my email address to sign up to some other sites, not all of them being reputable.

    personally, I don't really care for facebook, but I did try to create one a few weeks ago to view pics my sister had uploaded of my nephew to her account. I gave up on that idea when I found out I was required to supply a mobile phone number.

    would there be any legal implications to taking over an account that was created using my email address, or just going ahead to delete it altogether?
    No there wouldn't. You can always write Facebook an email and let them know, though. (Though I doubt anyone would do that)

    Oh and by the way, the mobile number is not a necessity.
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    it was the last time I tried to create one.

    thanks for the advice
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    Just close the Facebook account then change your email password.

    Problem solved.

    Quote Originally Posted by Surebrec View Post
    it was the last time I tried to create one.

    thanks for the advice
    Just use a random number like 123 321 1212.

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    I'd take over the account, deactivate it. File a police report just in case anything else out of the ordinary pops up. Done.




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    Quote Originally Posted by EatSleepAndPlay View Post
    Just close the Facebook account then change your email password.

    Problem solved.



    Just use a random number like 123 321 1212.
    I already changed all my passwords and security info, and right now I'm between 2 minds as to whether or not I'll keep it. I'll hold onto it for a few days, if I get emails popping up telling me someone is requesting a new password, I'm going to deactivate it.

    as for the mobile number, it didn't really work like that, it was for verification purposes. you had to enter a valid number to receive a text massage with the confirmation code to proceed.

    Quote Originally Posted by F34R View Post
    I'd take over the account, deactivate it. File a police report just in case anything else out of the ordinary pops up. Done.
    I have already taken control of it, and as I said, I'll wait a few days to see what happens before I make a decision. as for filing a police report, it's not really worth it. it was just an old yahoo address that I rarely use. looking through the account settings, I think some clueless kid somewhere has tried to create a facebook account, and has just put what he thought was a random email address in to complete the signup, not knowing it was a legitimate address.

    I'm hoping the worst case scenario is that whoever it was, realises that when signing up to something, sometimes it pays to put a valid address in if you want to keep your account active and not risk losing it.
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