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Would you give your real name?

  1. Anolinde profile image87
    Anolindeposted 6 years ago

    Okay .. I have another question tongue  I just received an email from someone through HP (not sure if the person is a hubber or not) asking for my real name because the person said he/she was gonna use my hub for a report for class.  Should I be suspicious of this?  Would you give the person your real name?  Thanks!

    1. tony0724 profile image60
      tony0724posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Anolinde. I definitely would be very cautious on that one. I am still waiting for the money I won in a lottery in Nigeria and I have not seen a penny yet ! But my name is really Tony so I guess the words out.

      1. pylos26 profile image77
        pylos26posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Yo Tony…how much money have you invested in that Nigerian lottery?

    2. sarovai profile image63
      sarovaiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What is there in the name. He/she can present the report with the nickname itself. Be cautious about this type of mails.

    3. dutchman1951 profile image59
      dutchman1951posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'd find out more than just the name, be carefull about giving permissions out.

    4. Jeff Berndt profile image88
      Jeff Berndtposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I publish under my own name. I'm really called Jeff, which was vaguely disappointing to me all through my youth, but I've gotten used to it.

      Meh. Your name isn't a big deal. Don't give out your address or phone number, though.

  2. CASE1WORKER profile image79
    CASE1WORKERposted 6 years ago

    lets face it- should you give the person a name- who is to know it is real- take the first name of the cashier at your market and the surname of the guy serving in mc donalds and you have a name!
    the student probably wants to cite a reference- but if they are using a referncing system they surely only need to cite the hyperlink of the article and the date that they accessed it. ( thats what i have done when harvard referencing in academic work)

  3. pisean282311 profile image53
    pisean282311posted 6 years ago

    well who so ever mailed me using hub do know my real name...but it is your personal choice , i guess...

  4. MyWebs profile image83
    MyWebsposted 6 years ago

    Some people are really paranoid about using their real name online.
    I don't really care and use my real name all over the place including here. To each their own. If it bothers you then either make up a name or possibly use first initial and last name.

  5. A la carte profile image60
    A la carteposted 6 years ago

    I agree with the warnings everyone has said. You need to put safety and privacy at the top of the list on the net.

  6. profile image0
    Website Examinerposted 6 years ago

    The very fact that you feel the urge to ask this question in a forum gives a clue to the correct answer.

    1. shazwellyn profile image82
      shazwellynposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Exactly, the feeling is just not right!  If you feel in the slightest bit unsure, leave well alone smile

  7. Anolinde profile image87
    Anolindeposted 6 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! smile  I am a bit paranoid, so I think I'll just give the person a made-up name!

  8. SteveoMc profile image76
    SteveoMcposted 6 years ago

    You could simply say that you do not give out personal information from unsolicited sources in emails.   If the student  would like to provide the name and email address of the professor, you would be happy to provide the source link to him/her.

  9. Peter-Jan Celis profile image58
    Peter-Jan Celisposted 6 years ago

    I use my real name. If you want to make money online, all publicity helps. It's easier to build a brand name for Peter-Jan Celis than it is for hubberforlife247.

    1. Druid Dude profile image60
      Druid Dudeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I used my name. Get better results with an alias. Don't know why, still studying on it. Curious phenomenon

      1. Marisa Wright profile image95
        Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It's simple.  Using a "real name" and real photo evokes trust.  Today, personality is everything - readers want to know the person behind the writing.

        I've always worried about revealing too much online, so I don't use my real name - but I do use a name that sounds real, and a photo rather than an avatar.

    2. relache profile image87
      relacheposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I've been using "relache" online for over a decade and it's not causing any problems with my earnings.

  10. SandyMcCollum profile image70
    SandyMcCollumposted 6 years ago

    There's no danger in just giving out your name. Pros use their real names. I like people to look at things with my name on them and it's good for business. Just don't give out other personal info.