Today is a red letter day for me in that I have finally managed to have my Facebook account deleted. Rather foolishly I signed up for it a couple of years ago as a result of pressure from family and friends. I seldom used it, but realised that others did and it was sometimes the only way to contact people. Then in April this year, my internet connection went down and I was forced to use an internet cafe.
One morning, I tired to log onto my email account, only to find that it rejected my password. It is a hotmail account that I had owned since 1996 or thereabouts. In a mild panic, I went through the recovery procedure and was relieved when I was able to access it. Immediately I created a new password.
I then noticed that there was an email to me from Facebook, saying that I had recently changed my password for that account. I had not and told them so. Facebook responded by saying that they would send a new password to my email account. However, they said they were going to send it to a new email address, and not my hotmail account. Obviously what had happened, was that the identity thief had gone and changed the email account associated with my account. So while Facebook was prepared to acknowledge that I had not changed my password, they were not prepared to send a new password to my address. Can you imagine how frustrating that was?
The only way that I could find to complain to Facebook about what had happened was to do so through my account. But since I did not have access to my account, they would not respond.
I tried contacting Yahoo, the location of the bogus email account and even got a response from them, asking for details. But having sent them, I never heard from Yahoo again.
I emailed many of my contacts telling them that my account had been hijacked and asked them to remove me as a friend and post a message to that effect. I know for a fact that most people ignored my request. Arseholes!
In any event, after much searching I finally found a link on Facebook that allowed me to complain about impersonation. I had to send all the appropriate details, including a copy of a government ID. After several exchanges, my profile was deleted.
Apart from the irritation of losing access to one’s own details, the danger is that the imposter sends out messages to contacts purporting to be me, in which he says that he is stuck in some foreign country and that I need to pay a bill or fine, otherwise I will be arrested. It has happened to a couple of people I know.
My advice is stay away from Facebook. Work of the Devil.