As I was checking my e-mail the other day I noticed I had an invitation from a friend to check out a new social networking site called Quechup. Usually I just ignore these, but this time I was intrigued and decided to have a look-see.
After signing up the service offered to check my contacts to see if anyone else I knew was already on the service. This is not uncommon in the world of social networking so I agreed.
Quechup has now sent multiple e-mails to all of my contacts inviting them IN MY NAME to join the service.
This is quite embarrassing. My contact list contains the addresses of all my friends as well as listeners to my radio show and readers of my column who I have corresponded with in the past.
As of this writing I have been thanked by some, questioned by others and had some very unpleasant things wished upon me and members of my family.
If you received an invite to Quechup from me, please ignore it and accept my apologies. If you did sign up I encourage you to delete your account and not let it scan your contact list for any reason.
Dwight Silverman has written a good article about the Quechup scam on his Techblog called “Spam Alert! Just say no to Quechup”