You might want to sign up for “Google Alerts” and put your name in for update notices. I initially did this so I could see when the search engines were grabbing my name and why. It’s been a useful tool, especially when someone uses an article of mine or quotes me.

But now with this Mercury Retrograde, my name has appeared on a site for a “get rich quick” scheme. I did not sanction this, nor do I even know the company who I’m supposedly endorsing. The actual use of my name almost looks as though it was somehow self-generated… does the site “grab” names from the ether as temporary endorsements?

I can’t figure it out, but I sent a letter to the company to remove my name. Needless to say, by the time I bothered or paid for any legal action on this, my name could evaporate.

So my hope is my name will be quickly removed. My advice is to monitor your name. And your spouse’s, child’s, business and anyone/thing else you have a legal interest in monitoring. The internet it still the Wild West in terms of what is allowed and attempted.

With Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn, it is a great time to research the integrity and status of your name. There may be other services that give you the ability to do this, but the one I use is “Google Alerts”. Please let me know if you’ve had any experiences like this.

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