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May be 2 years ago I kept receiving a pay stub, as a PDF, being sent every two weeks (at least it was password-protected, which was probably their saving grace), at one of my email addresses using MyActualName@SomeMailServer.com.

The emails were from a big retail chain, very well known here in Canada, and their retail employees aren't exactly "sophisticated" (having a pulse is probably enough to meet their hiring requirements), so my guess had always been that she had given her husband's email address for any electronic correspondence being sent to her (and he happens to share my name, and my address probably matched his, minus a dot or hyphen or something like that).

Those were being sent from some "donotreply@companyname.com" type of account, so I couldn't respond directly to them. After ignoring them for a few months, I was finally annoyed enough to track down an actual address on their web site and sent an email there, which I'm guessing was forwarded to their HR department. The lady working there seemed concerned enough to thank me for reporting this, and assuring me it wouldn't happen again.

After receiving 3 more of these (and me re-sending the same thing each time, and including our prior correspondence), I finally stopped getting emailed the pay stubs. But then a few months later, I was sent yet another email (destined to the same employee) saying something about some mandatory online training, and unique logins were going to be emailed in a short while. I had to guess that even though the incorrect email had probably been purged from the payroll system, it still existed elsewhere as a separate entity.

I dug out the HR contact from a few months prior, explained the situation again, and tried to remain polite as I pointed out that I could just keep quiet and use those credentials that were going to be sent and log into their system as the legitimate employee and do whatever that employee might have been granted the permissions to do. I can't remember exactly what it was, but I used a similar story that was much talked about at the time as an example to illustrate the sort of PR nightmare they could be made to go through if I had any sort of ill intent. I don't recall the details, but I've probably used GDPR laws to point out that, if we were in the exact same situation but happened to be in Europe, they'd be exposing themselves to some..."trouble", to say the least.

I think that time I put it in terms they finally understood, because that was the last I ever heard from them.
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