It seems that someone going by the name of Caleb Irving is trying to sign up for advertising and affiliate programs on behalf of the-gadgeteer.com.
Here’s the story…
Several weeks ago I received an email from an ad company double checking an application because the applicant’s email address didn’t
appear to be valid when they went to my website and noticed my real email address didn’t match. This Caleb person used all my info
(address, phone number, web url) but used firstname.lastname@example.org as their contact email address. I told them I had not signed up for
their service, didn’t know who the heck Caleb Irving was and to delete the application. I thought it was odd, looked up the domain strietelmeier.com and saw it wasn’t even in use and promptly forgot about it. But it doesn’t end there…
Then a few days ago I get another phone call from another company asking for a Caleb Irving. Same info, etc.
And yesterday, an envelope comes in the US mail addressed to Caleb Irving from an affiliate company in the United Kingdom called
PrimeQ. They are thanking Caleb for signing up with them. This prompted me to go check the strietelmeier.com domain name again
and I found that it was purchased a few hours earlier by a company called Metapredict.com. I think that’s just a domain name parking
company, but it’s strange that they bought that particular domain… Might just be a coincidence since I recently bought juliestrietelmeier.com.
The only thing I have to go on is that the first application that was turned down actually recorded the IP address that the person was using when they
posted it. By doing an IP lookup, I at least know where they originate from. I also have a Tax ID number that they used in the application.
Has anyone else ever had anything like this happen to them?