What can I do about someone who is using my information?
May 29, 2013 2:20 PM Subscribe
Over the weekend, someone with the IP address 50.129.xxx.xxx has been using my real name, main phone number and email to fill out a slurry of online forms about job searches, insurance, etc., causing my phone and inbox to blow up for the last three days. Is there anything I can do to stop/prosecute this person?
posted by provoliminal to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This information has already been fed into idiotic lead generators and after spending hours today ripping into the idiots in this small town I don't even currently reside in, that thought someone who's DOB was 1/1 and wanted to get quotes for full coverage for a HUMMER while living at a facility for the disabled, I'm fairly sure can be pinpointed by their accurate information. The streets are not even wide enough for a HUMMER, not to mention that none of these agents and callers know what an URL, much less an IP#.
I'd like to know how they got my information and why they chose to use mine if it wasn't just chosen at random, especially because there are a handful of people who would being just doing this maliciously, some of whom I have current protective orders against, others who are simply intent on harassing me, but none of these people are savvy enough to know what they've done would result in bombing my inbox and phone and be in Mount Vernon.
I'm fairly sure I could find this actual person if I wanted to but I don't think what they have done so far is technically actionable in any way, but because of the information they have that I know or pertains to me, it points to how they may have acquired it.
I've already talked to the police today on a separate matter, reaffirming that it is in no way technically illegal to be a self-absorbed, ignorant asshole with malignant intentions.
I have no idea if this would be considered a legal or computer issue or what category it falls under. I've had my phone and email for a very long time and hope to keep them.
I've already got to send legal papers to sites and services I use to stop one stalker from continuing to harass me online and be alerted every time I use them. I'm too tired to go stab someone in the face and I don't have the means to sue anyone at the moment. Is there anything I can do?