Email fraud

Just got word that someone has been impersonating me in emails. His name is Derek Sandford, and he’s using the address Here’s what he’s been writing:

Subject: New Account! Zack Hample


This is going to be my new email so email, be on this account and also you can ask me any questions on how to get baseballs on this account , don’t email to my aol one ok.

So email me only on this one ok.


I suppose I could be flattered that someone thinks I’m cool enough to be impersonated…but that’s not how I’m taking it. This is a crime (which I’ve already reported), and it needs to stop.

Within the next month or two, I plan to switch to gmail or to, but for now, my email address remains



    ON A DIFFERENT NOTE: from the NY Times
    Baseball Roundup

    Extra Innings Package and 24-Hour Channel Headed Exclusively to DirecTV

    Extra Innings has been available to 75 million cable households and the two satellite services, DirecTV and the Dish Network. But the new agreement will take it off cable

    I”M NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS>>>how am i gonna watch all those games…i have cable …not direct TV

    not a happy camper


  2. Zack

    Yeah, it’s pretty bad. I appreciate it.


    I never had “The Package,” but I still feel your pain. That’s just wrong. I mean, I don’t know the whole story, but it seems that baseball should be available to as many people as possible. The switch to DirecTV might make a few extra bucks in ’07, but it’s going to alienate millions of fans in the long run.


    Yes, I know. I’ve already created a few gmail accounts for non-baseball purposes. It’s only a matter of time before I give up AOL entirely. But wait…how come you’re still on AOL?


    OMG Zack that guy is such an annoying *****… He got my email to and added my msn. HE doesnt shutup. Hes aparently Papelbons cousin ****. Oh and Derek JEter came into his shop yesterday! LOL The guy says he has like 6000 baseballs and the pics he has of baseballs are all minor league like $2 balls. That were”donated”

    im with ya on this one Zack take him down

    when the guy reads this dont even bother to try talking to me again


    Yeh, I dont know wotu can exactly do about this guy but shut him up..
    He got my email and started talking to me on msn, when i stopped talking to him, he started calling me names like a 5 yr old?? then he wanted my phone number or something.. that is when I blocked him.

    he hasnt stopped sending me emails since..

    whatever u do, good luck

    P.S. my autograph total is up to 64 in just 4 months :)


    hey chuckster…yeah i’ve watched games on mlb tv….and i guess thats what i’m gonna have to do next year…but it’s not the same as tv…i only had the extra innings package for the second half of last year,,,but i loved it,
    thanks for the tip though

  6. Nick

    haha that’s ridiculous. Who wakes up in the morning and says, “Hmm, today I am going to make a fake email address and start emailing people!”

    People scare me.

  7. Zack

    Glad you’re with me. Craziness.


    You too, and congrats on all the autographs.


    I’m speechless.

  8. Diane

    So if you are like me, in that you live in a residence that doesn’t allow satellite dishes …. you are SCREWED. MLB chases the big bucks again, and alienates its fan base … again. MLB.TV is nice, but its no substitute for being able to enjoy watching many games on a nice big TV. Thanks Bud!

  9. Zack

    That really *****. (And so does being censored for using a word as harmless as ******.”)




    About the fraud — that actually happened to me a couple years ago. Someone who didn’t like me sent e-mails to all my friends saying I hated them and didn’t want to be friends anymore. I guess some people just have nothing better to do.

    About the History Channel thing — cool. I’m glad you liked it.

  11. Zack

    Thanks for letting me know. Sorry he was bothering you too.


    That’s awful. Did your friends know it was someone else? Or did they think it was you? How did the situation turn out?


    Well, the person who stole my e-mail account didn’t do what your’s has done. He actually stole my password and changed it, so I couldn’t log on and e-mail everybody to fix the situation. So I had to physically go around to all my friends at school that week and tell them not to listen. I never figured out who the person was though, and that was really annoying. Eventually it stopped; I guess he/she just got bored and went on to another person. Stupid people.

  13. site does NOT exist… You are making a Mountain out of an Ant hill. There was absolutely “NOTHING” said directly about Zack Hample & it appears that the so called Ghost writer and e-mail address have vanished into thin air… Nothing to worry about or lose sleep over!

  14. Zack

    It’s not a web site. I never said it was. It’s an email address, and my name WAS used. Anyway, as you said, it appears to be over.


    this kid is CRAZY!he added me on msn and the kid is crazy..he keeps telling me how he has more balls then you and that i should send him some of mine in the mail..the kid is wack!


    Zack, Maybe I’m just getting a little confused but as well as talking to me, this guy showed me his site, so i did think he had a site, it wasnt very good that’s for sure

  17. Zack

    Incredible. The wackness just keeps on comin’.


    Okay, well now I’m confused too. Whatever. :-)

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