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Is it legal for someone to take your email address and sign you up on an internet site without your permission?

Atlanta, GA |

Someone I know who has my email address used my email address and signed me up on an airline internet site. I never signed myself up, and this person and I have been discussing airlines. I addressed this with him, but he never responded.

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  1. If Georgia or federal law has been amended to include this sole act, without more as to "criminal intent" or other "improper purpose", as "unlawful" I have not researched. If it is part of a spamming effort, stalking issue, credit card fraud or similar act, it may be a factor to be considered. That said, the act is probably a violation of the TOS for the website. But let's be practical for a minute. Its unlikely anyone is going to prosecute this alone as a criminal act, it's unlikely to have caused you any damages (other than perhaps a minor nuisance of hitting the delete button in your email box). My suggestion would be to have your information deleted from the website and if this person is a friend, you may want to indicate your displeasure or drop them as a friend.

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  2. They have pretended to be you when they signed you up, and that is likely a crime or fraud. As noted here, no real damages, however. Before the Internet, people would send in the reply cards in junk mail to harass. An evil intent, but little to recover.

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  3. Similar to what Kevin and Barry have stated, it is impractical to pursue. Though, the act itself is a form of identity theft. If done with malintent, and if pervasive, you should pursue it. Otherwise, just go to the website and delete your account.

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