Some months back I bought one of those Living Social “10 bucks for 20 bucks” deals for Overstock.com. Seeing as the deal is about to expire, I went on the site last night to do some online shopping. Since I’ve never ordered anything from Overstock, I started registering my personal information. As I’m setting up my account, a notification appeared that my email address was already in their system. Figuring I must have ordered something at some point years ago and forgot (Hey, I’m rapidly losing brain cells in my old age/smoking weed) I started entering in the slew of passwords I’ve used over the years to try to access “my” account. Nada. So I click the “forgot your password” link and instantly get an email to my yahoo allowing me to access my account.
I change my Overstock account password and successfully log in. And there, on my screen is an entire profile for my personal yahoo account. Except its not me! It’s a woman named Annette Kasmer who lives in Reno, NV. Confused, I scroll down more. There’s MY email address, HER shipping address, HER billing address, AND HER CREDIT CARD INFORMATION! Woohoo! Jackpot! Reno! Weeeeee! Though as quickly as I started planning my future life living off someone else’s line of credit, the thought of Feds showing up at my door was definitely not worth the 80 dollar purse I was eyeing.
But then I started freaking out. How can this woman have my email address in her account? Maybe it was a typing error? Maybe she had an overstock account, but never used? So I look at her order history… She bought one thing, almost 4 years ago. A Mickey Mouse chipboard cover album (seriously WTF is that, and why does someone who shares my last name have to embarrass our namesake?!) Now if she made a purchase under my email address, wouldn’t I have received the notifications- order processed, shipped, etc?! But I saw nothing. I mean if I got an email from Overstock telling me I had a Mickey Mouse “something I didn’t know what the fuck it was” cover, I would have noticed and reported the error right away. I checked her communication preferences- and sure enough my yahoo email was the top preferred communication option. I’m boggled. Not only by Annette Kasmer’s choice in home decor- but how can she have my same email?!? I’ve had this email address since 1998 when a super cute boy from one of my college classes set up my very first email account, taught me how to use yahoo, and gosh, he was so cute… But I digress…
Does this woman have access to my emails? OMG. BETTER YET… Did I just catch the world watching me a la the ‘Truman Show?’ A-HA! I caught you suckers! No? That’s not it? I’m just a narcissistic asshole who wishes the world revolved around me? Gotcha. Well seriously if someone can explain how someone is using my email address but “intercepting” emails only meant for her, please advise.
I considered trying to call India- I mean, Overstock.com customer service- but the thought of trying to explain this story seemed more a hassle than it was worth. I promptly changed my yahoo email password and am giving this round to Annette Kasmer *shaking fist in air*
I guess I’m just gonna have to use my work email, and just *hope* that no one is using THAT email address buying Donald Duck talking slippers.
(actual picture of what was ordered)