My gmail inbox was filled with “Like” emails from various guys this morning, and it appeared that somebody had created a new match.com profile using my gmail address:
Weirder still, the identity using my email address, was that of a woman:
I don’t understand the motivation of using my email address, since I was able to use that email address to submit a password change. At that point, I was able to see that the profile was for somebody purporting to be an Australian.
In the time between changing that passsword to lock out the originator of this profile, and switching it to ‘not visible’, the password appears to be reset again. I’m not sure how that would be possible given that the password change confirmation emails were going to my gmail account.
This made me wonder if match.com is populating itself with fake profiles, and they’ve now switched this one to use a different email address? That theory seems to be substantiated by the following article about an FTC law suite against match.com for the use of fake profiles. Looks like their angle is getting people to purchase paid subscriptions after seeing that there was interest in the fake profiles they generated:
“According to the FTC’s complaint, Match sent emails to nonsubscribers stating that someone had expressed an interest in that consumer. Specifically, when nonsubscribers with free accounts received likes, favorites, emails, and instant messages on Match.com, they also received emailed ads from Match encouraging them to subscribe to Match.com to view the identity of the sender and the content of the communication.”
Assuming that this case is not yet resolved, it’s pretty clumsy of match.com to continue to play the same scam. It’s also pretty clumsy of them to use a female identity for me, but I guess my name is non-standard enough that they didn’t know what to do with it (either that, or they just take a lazy 50/50 chance when creating their fake profiles.)
EDIT: managed to re-reset the password, long enough to figure out how to shut down the identity. Before I did so, I grabbed a screen shot of “my” profile:
I see that the “Profile Hidden” that I selected the first time I logged in was still selected. I also tried changing the email address associated with this profile to one that I use only for spam, but match.com won’t allow that without also knowing the birthday that they used to create the fake profile.