Identity Theft

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Wendy, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. Wendy

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    If someone uses the name of a big name as their ID, is that not a form of ID theft? I can prove who I am, but I am leery of people claiming to be who they are not. I think it is a practice that should be discouraged here on AAC. I'm not saying you have to use your real name, but don't use a real name that is not yours.

    Isn't there a potential for liability too?
     
  2. beenthere

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    Those potentials for liability certainly exist. I believe the OP you are referring to is certainly not actually the person whose name he has adopted as a user name. I would doubt if anyone would be fooled into believing otherwise.

    It is a possibly unwise thing to do, however. Not too many members are likely to give extra weight to his opinions simply due to the user name. Quite the opposite is more likely.
     
  3. Wendy

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    Never said they were, but how far is too far? The odds someone visiting this site and finding their name in use (twice) is pretty slim, but is this a precedent you guys are willing to set?

    Once is a joke, but continual use is something else. How long is too long, a week, month, years?

    I am a real fan of this site, I would hate to see it disappear over something dumb. That happens enough as is one the web.
     
  4. nerdegutta

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    I think that the username you choose when you register to a site should either be your real name, or reflect who you are.
     
  5. loosewire

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    The Moderators do a good job of keeping us safe.
    One of the many things that are done for us.
    The Moderators are very good at multi-tasking
    which we should be more thankful.
     
  6. VoodooMojo

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    that would be sad as 99% of us would have to leave or change our usernames. there is a lot to be said for anonymity.
     
  7. R!f@@

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    I see a Bill Gates here

    Mod shud contact Bill gates to see if it is really him :D
     
  8. Mr Bill Gates

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    my name/username appears to have rattled a few feathers. it is not the first time.
    THE Bill Gates most must be eluding to does not have sole-ownership of the name.
    I will register with an alias to ease all concerned.

    I still love this forum and all associated with it.
     
  9. loosewire

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    Mr. Bill Gates, I don't think anyone has a problem with
    your Forum name. If the real B.G. shows up, great.
    Famous people are reading good books,who knows what
    else. You could have the same name.
     
  10. R!f@@

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    Bill gates is no real issue, unless AAC starts to deal with identity theft.

    I donno what Mod's have planned abt user name Bill Gates.
     
  11. loosewire

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    Think,think,think.think there a anwser. You are on the wrong track.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  12. nerdegutta

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    Is there a spoon...?
     
  13. loosewire

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    No, I don't want to show off my Intelligents.
     
  14. nerdegutta

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    Oh man...

    I don't think this was the meaning of this thread...

    A username is still kind of anonymous, ain't it?
     
  15. R!f@@

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    There is no spoon......
     
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