Email is one of our key digital tools. Not only does it help us keep in touch with our loved ones and receive important updates from the bank, but it also serves as a primary identifier for accessing various online platforms and services.

Redditor -Blundertaker- has had hers since forever, but at some point, she noticed that someone was trying to use it. Luckily, the security of her inbox wasn’t breached, but as the woman explained on the subreddit ‘Petty Revenge,’ the whole ordeal did lead to a few funny stories.

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Luckily, the unwanted emails haven’t really disrupted the woman’s (digital) everyday life

We got in touch with the author of the post and she said there wasn’t much reason to think that things might get crazy.


“When it started happening, I didn’t have any concerns about the security of my email because the person who was using it had no chance of actually accessing my account,” -Blundertaker- told Bored Panda.

Estimates of the prevalence of spam vary largely due to its slippery definition. Some surveys place the figure at round 45% to 50%, while others say as much as 85% of all email traffic today is spam. But I don’t know anyone who would like to receive more junk.

Random additional correspondence that you shouldn’t even be part of certainly doesn’t help either. Many of us receive bills, insurance renewals, and other household documents by email — it saves time and money, and reduces unnecessary paper use.

However, there are risks involved if you get buried under a pile of nonsense and don’t stay on top of your electronic records. Adjunct lecturer at the University of New England Matt Balogh and his team have found that people suffer issues such as lapsed vehicle registrations, failing to cancel unwanted subscriptions, and overlooking tax deductions because it was too much trouble finding the receipts.

This suggests late fines and other email oversights could be costing them hundreds of dollars each year.

In addition to the financial burden, research suggests that not sorting and managing electronic records makes it more difficult to assemble the information needed at tax time, or for other high-stakes situations, such as loan applications.

Luckily, -Blundertaker- has been staying on top of things and the unwanted emails haven’t really disrupted her (digital) everyday life.


“I haven’t considered changing my email address because it’s my original one,” she added. “And, again, no one else can get to it. It’s been secure from day one.”

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As her story went viral, the woman joined the discussion in the comments