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July 6th, 2009 (04:15 pm)

Someone's used my gmail address to order something online. This annoys me to no end. But other than the annoyance factor, is there any actual problems with someone using the *email address* for order confirmations? (Other than my not being able to create an account at said site with that address, that is. Also, was there no account activation email...?) It's an older gmail account (from the days of invitations and before Google became popular in Japan), so I'd really rather not have to toast it. I've changed my password, but gmail shows a very limited account activity log, so it's impossible to know if the account's truly been compromised or not. >.> Thoughts?


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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 7th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)

That's my impression as well. That most likely someone input their email address wrong and the confirmation went to my gmail account.

I would be worried if they can get to your personal information and credit card information.

Actually, I think it's more the other way around. Because it's my email address, if I were so inclined, I could hijack their store account (via the forgot my password). Since Amazon (and the email was from amazon.co.jp...) stores the user's credit card info, and if they have a CC# associated with their account, I could charge things on it and they wouldn't know about it until they checked their account or got their credit card statement.

Presumably, they have no access to my email account. The only way they could is if they hacked it and have some way to continue hacking into it (sic can get around my having changed the password and password recovery q). Still, this is the second time for this this year, along with a mobile sign-up confirmation that was sent there. Very, very annoying because it's decidedly disconcerting. >.>

Posted by: Silvergem88 (silvergem88)
Posted at: July 6th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

Now I feel like panicking and changing all my passwords and answers to secret questions. But it should be alright if you don't keep any account activation emails for various websites, personal and credit card information, etc in your inbox or something. I know some people who do that, just so they won't loose the information if their computers crash or something.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 7th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)

The last time I had this sort of thing happen, I went through and started cleaning out my inbox like there was no tomorrow. (It's still messy though.) ^^; Even so, there's a bunch of stuff that should probably be cleared out, but no activation emails / CC info (at least not to my knowledge there isn't any). Maybe some mailing list activations / sign-ups though. ^^;

Posted by: サヤカ (sayaka86)
Posted at: July 6th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)

woah.. scary... i really don't see the point of anyone doing that? but as you said, the annoyance would be the inability to open an account there. and just curious as well, what kind of site is that if there is no activation email? that's weird..

well changing your passwords would be the way to go... and checking on it once in a while? hmmm~ [well, basically stuff you are already doing.. XD]

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 7th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)

*laughs* It was amazon.co.jp. But I use a completely separate (non-freebie) personal email for Amazon, so I was pretty surprised to see an order confirmation in my gmail box. ^^; It's not only pointless, it's quite careless on their end because I could then hijack their account. Still, getting these emails always puts me on edge. *sigh*

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: July 7th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

Email the company and cancel whatever was ordered, telling them that you didn't order it; someone else did using your email addy.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 7th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)

Well, I think that's up to the company whether they cancel the order or not. I emailed them when I discovered the order confirmation explaining what had happened and asked them to dissociate my email address from the account. I've had one company cancel an order on someone, while this time they're going to try to contact the person and correct their details that way.

I think what would be scary would be if this had been a phishing attempt with the 'if you want to cancel this order, blah blah blah' complete with fake link trying to get me to log in to my account. The thing that made me pause though, was that the person has the same last name as I do. So I was half wondering if they might have mis-entered their email addy.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: July 8th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)

Oo... it'd be nasty if it were a phishing scam. I try to stay far, far away from things that say 'log into your account from this site.'

Out of curiosity, do we ever meet Hirota Seigi and his partner in the manga?

Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: July 8th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Lucky Star: Kagami WTF

Agreed - NEVER use the "Log in" link present in the email (some emailers such as Thunderbird will tell you the actual destination), instead use the login link from the front page of the website, and type in the address yourself.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 9th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)

IIRC, the manga are only supposed to cover the original Akuryou series, so those two won't show up. >.>

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: July 9th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)

Oh, well.

One of the novels describes his features, though, right?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

I'm assuming you want his physical features. I took a quick peek at the book, but so far all I've been able to discover for certain is that he's 24. His father and grandfather both excelled at kendo, but I'm not sure it said anything definitive for him on that point. I'll keep looking, but info on him seems to be a bit scattered. >.>

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)

*sigh* Ono-sensei, honestly, you and I need to chat.

But Hirota himself uses Judo, right? Or does he also use kendo?

Thanks for looking. Sorry for being a pest.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: July 13th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)

IIRC he does. I seem to remember something like that being mentioned in the CD drama at least. (I'll double-check in the novel later.)

The bit with kendo, I know it mentioned his father and grandfather, but I don't remember it saying anything specifically about him. Maybe I missed it while flipping through the book. Not sure. >.>

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: July 13th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)

Such a stubborn character, Hirota.

Think he's a believer after what he saw at Agawa Midori's house?

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