Is “Tagged” a spam site, or what?

Alright, I took eight days off to cruise the Mexican Riviera with my family, no cell phone, no email, nada, and when I get back, both my regular email account and my Gmail account have invitations from unknown people to connect with them through a new service called “Tagged”. The messages said “You’ve been Tagged by XX” and look like this:

You've Been Tagged!

I don’t know any 17 year old guys named Gareth, however, so what the heck?
Logically, I click on the “No” button, since I am well aware that there are more social networks than even I can keep track of at this point, and…


The next thing I see is a rather ridiculously detailed signup form that I have to fill out just to register that I do not know Gareth H. and am not friends with him. Information requested includes my birthday, zip code, and more, as you can see in the screen shot a bit further down on this article.
All I can conclude, particularly given that I’m already pre-opted in (a practice I hate) for the ominous sounding “offers and surveys” from Postmaster Direct, is that this is the first real Web 2.0 spamming operation?
On the other hand, the company describes itself as “Tagged.com is the premier social networking destination for the Millennial Generation and an ideal place for advertisers who are trying to reach the teen market. Tagged provides a fun, safe, and exciting environment for teens to showcase their personalities and talents, and to connect with friends and meet new ones. Tagged maintains this great environment by only allowing teenagers to register on the site.”
Ah, well, if that last bit is true, I am doomed to be a blind victim of tagging anyway since it’s a long time since I was a teenager, and, heck, that was even pre-Internet, maybe even pre-Al Gore! 🙂
Claiming they’ve been around since 2004, Tagged also has some impressive statistics:

  • 3.3MM registered members (13% of online teens)
  • 2.7MM unique visitors every month
  • 391MM page views per month
  • 2.5MM hours spent/month

Nonetheless, what’s to make of the information requested and the pre-checked “spam me” opt in on the first page of the site I see?

Sign up for Tagged.com

It all just feels a bit dubious to me. Is it that I’m just not a “Millennial” and so value my privacy and the space in my email inbox more than a typical teenager? Or is this just another nail in the coffin of death by social networks that I’ve written about in the past (see, for example, Meetup.com and Social Networking Fatigue)?
Are you a member of Tagged, and if so, what do you think of it?
ps, yes, I am aware that there’s a one-button “unsubscribe” button on the bottom of the email messages, but given that we’ve all been trained to be highly skeptical of “unsubscribe” links on the bottom of emails (because if it is spam it means you’re responsive which means you’ll paradoxically get more junk mail by requesting to be unsubscribed, not less) and given that clicking “No” should probably have a “Tagged’s not for me. Please put me on the Don’t Tag list” link, I think my concerns are quite reasonable.

159 comments on “Is “Tagged” a spam site, or what?

  1. And that is not the half of it.
    Their privacy policy includes;
    Invitations
    The Invite Friends feature is an easy way for Tagged users to invite friends through email. The email address(es) that you supply to use this service will only be used to send invitations to connect with you on Tagged.
    I read the email’s header, and sure enough, (nameremovedbyme)@gmail.com (?coincedence?) was in it.
    Cool, a teen site that gives out the person’s email address with invites (ok so the inviter cliams to be 27 and not a teen).
    Strangely, I could not find the person on the site (I did sign up. I had to to do the search. I used a yahoo email that is a bit of a false identity with regards to my personal details though)
    I have forwarded the email to the FTC. cos i’m concerned by the inclusion of the email address & http://corp.tagged.com/statistics.html ‘s claim of COPPA compliance.

    • yes I’m esther maceira an I’m having problems to get in to tagged’s mail I receive them but I can’t open to see the massege,,please tell me they say is out thank you

  2. In case anyone is interested here are the
    IP’s of the Tagged’d servers.
    64.125.115.5
    64.125.115.6
    The registered owner is “Tagged, LLC”
    Address is a PO box in San Francisco
    Obviously a reputable company 🙂
    If you want to complain to their ISP, the company hosting their servers then they are:
    OrgName: Abovenet Communications, Inc
    OrgID: ABVE
    Address: 360 Hamilton Ave
    City: White Plains
    StateProv: NY
    PostalCode: 10601
    Country: US
    email: abuse@above.net
    cc the following address also to make sure they take notice 🙂
    noc@above.net and arin@above.net
    If you would rather phone them to report that tagged.com is using their network to spam, the number is +1-888-636-2778
    All of this information was found using a simple whois look up. Don’t let these guys get away with it. Call and complain!
    Happy and Safe surfing
    Natus

  3. What I cannot understand is that Tagged markets itself as a premier teen social networking site.
    If that is the case then why am I receiving an invite from a 51 year old Harsh from India? He is not a teen and I sure as heck am not a teen.

  4. Although I was “Tagged” by a friend, he has had no internet connection for about 3months! Hmmmm! He is also 40, not 14. Therefor not a teenager!
    The thing that really bugs the crap out of me is that “Tagged” asked for my Email password. Am I stupid? Was I born yesterday? The only people who know my password are me and my account holder.
    Why don’t I just give them my bank account numbers and PINs and be done with it!!!!
    The trouble is there are some dupes out there who will freely and unwhittingly just give this info away. Poor saps!
    Just remember people,that your bank sent you a reminder of your password and signin details, and now someone else has it….. It’s a tough old world…..Don’t you think?

  5. It’s becoming prevalent and rampant in China. Please people…Read the privacy policy First!!! That policy is ridiculous …and full of holes.

  6. I have been recieving ‘tagged’ text messages for 3 weeks since i got my new phone. I thought i’d only get charged if i replied so didnt worry too much, apart from the fact that they always came in the night so my phone kept beeping! Have found out today that i was being charged 0.12p for every text i recieved, my phone company have told me it is completely illegal and have refunded my money.

  7. I recently received a request from Tagged from someone I know in another country but have not been in touch with for a while. Name was right, e-mail address was right, age was wrong. I contacted him separately and he said he had had nothing to do with Tagged.

  8. I was also tagged- received the invitation on a friend’s name, with his photo on it, so i bought, trusting that it was intentional. I contacted him though, and had been tricked, so ew are now trying to get out of it. I didnt provide my gmail passsword when prompted to (that’s when i realized that things were wrong), am I in any real danger?

  9. It is a crap! I’ve got an invite from someone i know, added both in MSN and YAHOO, but haven’t kept in touch with for ages. According to them, the person now is living in USA(Which is not true), and is 105 years old!!! Of course, i marked it as spam, and dont bother to think about it. But its annoying how someone abuses of info…Crap!!!

  10. Yes it’s sick.. I’ve been on that tagged thing for awhile now and had a case of someone hacking into my msn.. It was creepy, the guy was writing to my contacts from my nick in my conversations, and I couldn’t do anything to stop it or prove it isn’t me! Wonder what else they got access to. Screw that.

  11. Thanks, Dave, for giving us the scoop. I just got an invite from a supposed 14 year old in Spain and was dumbfounded as to what Tagged was. It leaves me to wonder which of the many sites with my e-mail address has oh-so-kindly shared with them my information; curse that fine print! Here are some words for the “Millennials” next spelling bee: duplicitous, deceitful, and insidious.

  12. Well, i’ve got another invite from my “101” years old friend. This time they removed the pic. I think there must be something we should do about it, they just take info and pics from Msn blogs etc, and use it! We should not allow this!!!

  13. Are any of you guys gay? I ask because I just got a bunch of tagged crap spun off a gay friend in this country. I didn’t open it but I know he’s on a lot of gay websites. I’m glad I looked his up and will just deete it as spam. Also, I am having almost nothing but spam on my MSN account. Anyone having that problem?

  14. Thanks for the heads-up. I received two Tagged invites from the same person, like in an above post it was someone from overseas that I hadn’t heard from in a while. Tagged.com spam is now on my blacklist.
    FYI, this site is the first that comes up when googling “Tagged.com complaints”. 🙂

  15. Ok, so the problem EYE have with this thing is that they not only ask for your name and birthdate, they also ask for a SIX-character password, to which (I assume) the average Bozo inserts the last six digits of their social security number.
    (Since the first three digits of one’s Social Security Number are given on the basis of which state the person first applied in, it’s not too much of a logical stretch to assume they soon gleen THIS information as well.)
    THEN they ask you for your Yahoo password!!
    “Is this a spam site?”
    If you need to ask, “‘Tag’–YOU’RE IT!!”, dumbass!!

  16. You’ll notice if you look at the source code of the message, that their logo has a unique identifier attached. So, even if you ignore the message, they can still confirm your address as valid.

  17. It is most definetly a spam site. When I first registered I had 27 emails sent out without actually sending them to all my contacts inviting them to join. Talk about good exposure. I thought it was bad enough with their Chatrooms which contain nothing but trollers and flamers but that just takes the buicuit

  18. Hi you all………..
    First of all I would like to say that none of the comments contain any proof of whatever they are trying to say…………..
    I too dont like such sites, but still this does not give me any right to blame a site for being a spam without any proof………
    All of the users said that they got so and so emails from tagged, then I would like to ask all of you “Dont you hav a junk mail service in your email account??”
    I too hav logged in with tagged and I too find it a little suspicious so as I always do, I created a fake id and signed up with tagged……..
    Its really a good site for making friends…..
    You can make friends over there and then verify them on video conferencing(or video chatting or whatever you call it).
    I hav made 39 new friends(verified) on it that share my interests and hobbies…….
    They are really nice teenagers……….
    And two of them are above 50 years of age but you should know that when we get old our childhood comes back and thats why I like chatting with aged people tooo. They are retired and they entertain this chatting very much………
    So I would like to say to you all is that you should try such sites but from public places(like cyber cafes) and with fake information(if you giv correct info then the result would be much like the movie THE NET. Even if the site is not a spam still if it would be hacked then?)

  19. I’m a member, or was, and basically they get you to sign up then try to download viruses onto your computer. If you don’t have a pop-up blocker that blocks downloads, then they can seemingly manage it quite easily and the effects are slow computer and privacy invasion.
    Also it seems to have serious security holes, as people can seemingly easily access your account and kick you off the website.

  20. I find it interesting that I have been approached by young women in there early 20’s…..i am 50….and guess where they are all from……Nigeria…4 young women looking for older men…..They give out their hotmail address or their yahoo address to contact them.

  21. I was contacted by a young woman nearly half my age, who said she saw my profile and was interested in knowing me. She said she lived in Nigeria. I thanked her for her interest but said she was a tad young for me and, well, shes in flipping Nigeria! Well the next day I got a message from her telling me “now she KNOWS I am the man for her. Well she seemed so greatful that I responded at all I said “what the heck” no harm in writing her back as a friend. Well this morning I opened my email and sure enough there is an email from her asking for $400 so she can “get her passport to come and live with me because her passport was stolen by the robbers who murdered her mom”. This last was a new detail she hadn’t mentioned before. I promptly emailed her and told her that “I was waiting for this…do not email me again. I know a scam when I see one”. This is just one example. I also get messages regularly from, again, women half my age, to chat with them on what sounds suspiciously like their private porn site (ie a webcam in their bedroom). Sorry, but Tagged is a scam. I have yet to make a useful contact there.

  22. I have a few friends on Tagged. Yes they are younger then myself but they are friends. I have found about 80% of the people on there are scammers tho. I enjoy the real friends I have on Tagged also there are people on there that warn others which accounts are scammers which is something I have been doing.

  23. Here is my Deal – Myself and the Watcher (see comment above) are both on Tagged – I got tagged by an actual person that I have met in person. I did online dating for many years – I am 38 this month. I put a lot of time into my profile on Tagged – I thought it was like myspace at first – except for the crazies who send you their (fake) e-mail in the first contact.
    My page is http://www.tagged.com/medicine_wolf I put this up because I have met a few cool people like the Watcher and some other women who are Real People.
    However both the Watcher and I have begun to post the photos of fakes on our pages. We do report them to Tagged and nothing happens – I sent a simple E-mail to tagged about some technical issues a week ago – and no response. I posed the question to the Watcher – Is this a spammer site by and for Spammers – and if so – is it illegal?
    He replied by sending me here. I have just started my campain but he has been at it for a while – go to my site and then click on him in my friends section. He has listed copious amounts of scammers/fakes on his site. Last night I came to the conclusion that we are taking the wrong approach – sites like this should not exist. I have been on alt.com and adult friend finders and match and many other sites – but the people were Real.
    The photos up are fake and most do not even speak the english language well or spell correctly or use syntax that we use correctly. If you look at my site – you will see I have put up a list of things that identify a fake/spammer/scammer Immediately. Check it out. The posts by shannon and slim shady above – are by spammers or cons. I will be removing my page soon – I just finished cleaning my computer of spyware, grayware, malware, trojans, popup enablers, back door crap. I am not a techie – I do not get all of this crap or the reasons for its existance. Someone Must get paid to do this crap. It is too exhausting to just identify the perps – to be doing it for free as the watcher and I have been.
    I am an Intuitive Healer – I Know when someone is not who they say they are. I can Feel it. Yes – even on-line. This site is crap. I am happy about the few real people I have met. I have only exchanged contact info with about 3 of those few friends I have added. I just chat a bit with the others. It seems like a good Idea – like my space – but it IS NOT!! It should be shut down and the people responsible punished severely for condoning Identity theft. Jail time and a Felony Rap. Seth out
    PS – Hey thanks for the info on your Blog. It was enlightening. And that is not a bad thing to evolve into a new era – but every era Must have its watch dogs.

    • Hi, my name is Kim and the man I have been involved with for a year (+) is on tagged, I recently found out. I had made a tagged acount to view his( which I found by checking his email threw,spokeo) and he was posting invites publicly to females , he deleted the account only to reactivate it and now its private, I cant view it. He keeps telling me he hasnt had time to delete it and I want to know if you can help me , …am I a fool , is he a cheater or is are his “Tagged ” private profile actions innocent like he claims. His name is LOSO(916),and he is 28. please let me know if im in a fake relationship..thanks

  24. Furthermore – I have been hacked, have sent a bit of money to Africa $30, and talked to a Con for about 3 months without ever getting screwed – I had no money to speak of and closed my bank account. I have a new e-mail address and another just to give questionable persons. I used to be generally trusting of folks but – not anymore. It sucks too. It is a hassle and I like to live a stress free life. On tagged I gave them nothing to hurt me with. I accept nothing from no-one that I have not verified as real. Most spammers are not educated – they may ve crafty but not real bright. I do know that once one gets your number it is shared with the rest – Especially in africa.
    I love this age of internet and communication instantly accross the miles. But it is like an astral war – YOU MUST be protected and on guard at all times. I had norton virus protection – I am beginning to believe that THEY create the crap that they are protecting you from – for the prices they charge – they can afford to. And they update them very often – to perpetuate their business. I have fired my protection service Norton or Symatec. I have found one that will find the stuff for free. housecall.trendmicro.com Try them out. They do not have a great follow through but they do Identify EVERYTHING. I just went through my computer programs and deleted everything that was not vital or seemed to be linked to the listed viruses. WE are going to have to learn how to protect ourselves and how to report Identity theft – Tis a New Age and it is only going to get Crazier. BE READY – BE AWARE!!
    Thanks for your time.

  25. I NOTICED YOUR SITE AND DECEIDED TO READ ABIT .
    NICE TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE STARTING NOT TO BE HAPPY WITH “TAGGED” SITE !
    HOWEVER I SAW NOTHING THAT STATED IT WAS JUST A TEEN SITE, BUT MORE SO A SITE FOR ALL TO MINGLE & MEET PEOPLE OF THEIR OWN AGE AND INTREST!
    HOWEVER AFTER RECEIVEING A SAFE NOTICE THAT NO PORNO OR ANY ABUSE WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED I PUT A PROFILE UP .
    BUT WITH IN A WEEK OF MY PROFILE BEING ACCEPTED ALL I HAVE RECEIVED IS WOMEN TRYING TO SELL PORNO SITES FROM THEIR TAGGED SITES.
    YOU DO NOT NOTICE THIS AT FIRST AS YOUR ONLY ALLOWED TO VEIW SO MUCH OF THEIR PROFILE AND SEEING ONLY THE GOOD PART OF THEIR PROFILE LEADS YOU TO ACCEPT THEIR INVITE !
    I HAVE SENT (3)THREE! E-MAILS TO THEIR ABUSE CENTER W/ NO REPLY BACK IN REGUARDS TO THEIR STATMENT OF ABUSE & POLICY !
    To No Prevail!
    WITH A LAST NOTICE BEING SENT TO THEM MY PROFILE WILL BE DELETEED WITHIN 7 DAYS IF NO RESPONSE w/ A PROPER RESPONSE TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE!
    OTHER ISSUE IS THE DISAPPEARING PEOPLE YOU DO MEET.
    A MESSAGE OR TWO THEN THEY DISAPPEAR AS FAST AS THEY OFFER TO BE YOUR FRIEND!??????????????????
    AS WAS STATED WHO ARE THESE DISSAPEARING PEOPLE REALLY????
    ARE THEY REALLY LOOKING FOR FRIENDS??? OR TELEMARKETING ??????????????
    MORE THAN LIKELY MY PROFILE WILL BE GONE BY THE END OF TODAY!
    AND A FRIENDLY REMINDER SENT TO THEIR SITE OF THE F. C. C. DOSENT HURT EITHER, IF THEY PERSIST TO BOTHER YOU !
    FUNNY HOW THOSE THREE LETTER’S MAKE PEOPLE WAKE UP AND TAKE NOTICE!!!!!!

  26. Such immature comments from what “aged” people. I’m 14 and I use Tagged, I’ve been using it for over a year now. Nothing has happened to me AT ALL. And yes, don’t you people have junk E-mail areas? Because when I first started thats where the E-mails went. But I found them bothersome, so I switched the settings on my account to NOT receive E-mails from Tagged.com. Maybe before you guys go off saying “it steals your passwords” “its a spam site” and etc. Try it first.
    [Ownt]

  27. Hmm – this last post by Onwt… I call BS. Have you ever met a 14 year old who can write like that – NO! No internet jargon or anything. I can immitate a 14 year old better than that. Yet another FAKE. And there is no spam controll except for on regular e-mail sites – there is a button to report spam however in the in box. I have been to sites of teenagers and even have a couple as my friends and they too are anti-scammers/spammers… Sorry Tagged – your disinformation team blows and isnt even believable.

  28. I was tagged by a fellow member of a forum that I frequent. I signed up just to be nice, but never visited it again. I used fake information of course.
    Anyway, Just recently I received to emails from random people who supposedly added me as a friend.
    So, I went to the Tagged site and saw that sure enough, I had two new friend requests. When I clicked on the members though, it said that the user was deactivated. So, I decided to add one of them as a friend, to find out what would happen. I was able to add them and see their friends even though they didn’t exist anymore.
    Anyway, I think I’ll unsubscribe. I’m glad I didn’t ever supply any real information. I’ve got several junk emails for things like this. It’s a good thing too.

  29. How to tell if you are a Nigerian (or any) scammer:
    1.YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS.
    2. You refuse to use spell check and think that Courier is the only font in the world.
    3. You hate Americans.
    4. You confuse American last names with first name. Ex. Smith Adam or Williams Brian
    5. When someone asks you for a picture, you look for the nearest magazine.
    6. You work at a bank.
    7. You always put DR. in front of your name, no matter what the situation. Even if you are not a doctor.
    8. You become extremely angry when you catch someone lying, even though everthing about you and what you are doing is a lie.
    9. You have trouble keeping your lies straight.
    10. You probably weren’t the brightest person in world. You most likely rode the small yellow bus to school while your peers were on the bigger bus. Your class room wasn’t attached to your school, but was actually a mobile unit that was 100 yards away.
    11. You are a Prince or a King.
    12. Your father or husband was a Nigerian General.
    13. The new President of Nigeria is seeking vengence on your family because your father or husband confirmed a life prison sentence on him when he was in charge.
    14. People around you tend to get assassinated, poisoned, or killed in a plane crash.
    15. You write in the most contrived, archaic, and atrocious English.
    16. You use inappropriate CLICHES (e.g. “gave up the ghost” for a supposedly sad event).
    17. You try to capitalize off human misery (e.g. mutilations in Sierra Leone, the September 11
    18. You have $25-$100 million dollars just laying aroundatrocity, etc).
    19. You address everyone as “friend.”
    20. Everything is “confidential.”
    21. You are a prestigious International Banker and you have a Yahoo or Hotmail email address. Even if you are trying to be secretive, the best you can come up with is a yahoo email address because you aren’t smart enough to log into register.com and register a fake domain name.
    22. You are an ex-general who got converted to Christianity and now wants to make amends to God by sending a stranger the $ 25 million you stole from your country.
    23. You are the wife of the deceased state employee whose husband stole all this $11, 000,000. but got converted to Christianity before his death and wants you to “invest it all in Christian work in the US to make amends for his sins against God.”
    24. Your last name is Abacha.
    25. Your first name is Barrister or Mohamed.
    26. A contract was over invoiced/overcharged� by $25 million and the money is now “floating” in a suspense account at the Central Bank of Nigeria under your sole control.
    27. You have resolved to share 35% of your fortune with a complete stranger for taking absolutely no risk whatsoever.
    28. You are The Chairman in charge of Minting and Printing at Central Bank of Nigeria and you control the Nigeria Remittance Office. Not only can you supply any document needed to prove these funds exist, you can also print any document needed to authorise release of the funds to a complete stranger.
    29. All you require to make someone rich is YOUR NAME, COMPANY`S NAME, ADDRESS , TELEFAX NUMBER. YOUR BANK NAME ,ADDRESS, TELEFAX NUMBER. YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER AND BENEFICIARY NAME.
    30. You have allocated 5% for expenses.
    31. You are a high official at Nigerian Petroleum holding on to millions in over-billings.

  30. Glad I found this page. I’ve been getting tagged spam for about a year now. I just called above.net and they told me to send an email to ipreport@above.net
    i was a little suspicious at first, so I googled them. It appears that they are a major backbone provider, and relatively legitimate. Slashdot mentions them as being responsible for “stealth blocking” macromedia.com back in 2001, due to the spam-like email they were sending out.
    Let’s crush them! If enough of us email above.net, they should block all traffic too and from tagged’s servers! Yay.
    http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/05/21/1944247

  31. Hello there. I just read all the information above and found it very useful. I just received a “tagged” invitation on my mail from a person I know and I really don’t know if I should accept now. I will probably write him and explain why I don’t accept his invitation because he is real and well intentioned, that I’m sure of. An he’s 36, not a teenager anyway.
    But I don’t wish to be spammed. Thanks to all of you. Sorry if my spelling is not perfect, I’m from Spain. 😉

  32. If you have children…search their name, and if it appears, make them give you their password and cancel the account. We found our 14 year old daughter had an account. It was horrible. 16 different guys aged 14 to 22, sending very sexually explicit comments and pictures to her. Needless to say account was cancelled, and she won’t be using the computer for awhile. Parents…monitor what the kids are doing. I have no doubt that some of these “teenagers” were really 30 or 40 year old predators.

  33. This just happened to me- Got a “friend request” from a real friend (who never actually sent me one), accepted, figured out the next a.m. tagged had invited everyone in my yahoo address book. I looked for sites on complaints after I filed one with the FTC.
    So – FTC or FCC or both?

  34. This just happened to me- Got a “friend request” from a real friend (who never actually sent me one), accepted, figured out the next a.m. tagged had invited everyone in my yahoo address book, how embarassing for the ones that received invitation on their work e-mail addresses, who has time for that stuff at work

  35. This happend to me yesterday and the only reason I opened it was because it WAS from someone I knew, but then some how it got into my email address book and is now sending every one the same message from me? How is this possible and how do I stop this?
    Thank you

  36. Yeah so I recieved a friend request form so one I know a while ago…I didn’t accept or reject but deleted the email about a week later I recieved another email saying that if I didn’t answer then my friend would be sad or something like that….Months have gone by and I received another friend request from the same person…This time I accepted, set up an account using a different email then what they sent the friend request to. When I went into “my account” I had no friends which is strange because if I accepted a friend where is s/he…so I cancelled my account. I then recieved an email saying someone had accepted my friend request and left me a message, so I look at the friend request and mysteriously I now have two friends, but how when I cancelled my account, so I look at my profile and it’s the person’s (who originally invited me to TAGGED) profile with my email where the origanlly invite was sent. So I try to cancel the account but you have to know the password which I don’t because I didn’t set up an account using this email, but guess what all you have to do is go to “MY ACCOUNT” and edit your password, so that I did and cancelled this account as well. “TAGGED” is bogus.

  37. yea i just got one from a real friend in the states,i stopped at giving my password,thats how they got into your address book helen,change all your passwords,esp things like bank and credit cards,same goes for any one who gave them that info!!!!!i mailed my friend to tell her but after reading this lot she may know nothing about it..good luck in not getting ripped off

  38. Hey, I just got Tagged by a friend, but thought I’d google “Tagged” before I did anything else. Found this thread, and it confirmed for me that I don’t want to be involved with this outfit. The day is young, but THIS was at the bottom of the Tagged email:
    Click here to block all emails from Tagged, P.O. Box 193152 San Francisco, CA 94119-3152
    So I clicked, and hopefully, this will be the end. Thanks for being out there!

  39. How is tagged allowed to invite all of my contact list to join with an invitation from me? How can i get out of tagged and stop them from continuing to invite all of my friends. At last count some of my friends have received 6 invitations from tagged on behalf of me.

  40. To all the people (Tagged shills) who are posting “don’t you have a junk mail folder?”. Yes, I do. And I have very strict controls on it. Namely, only mail from my contact list and sites I have specifically named as trusted are supposed to get to my inbox. Yet, I received a Tagged invite from some person I never heard of in my inbox. I’d love to know how that happened.

  41. After entering my email address at tagged.com, my inbox has been bombarded daily with spam. It has been weeks and there is no sign of it letting up. Yes, I have a junk mail folder, but I still need to continually add all the new spam I am getting to its “spam mailers” list. I can only be glad that I did not give tagged.com access to my contacts list.

  42. I think all you ppl are frickin paranoid delusional idiots!!!…tagged is nothing more then ur regular social networking site and out of the 2 years ive been here I havent been bothered by “spammers”..ya know there is such a thing as “private” on ur page so noone can bother you..dummy up..just cause someone says one thing everyone else has to agree on it!!..I met an awesome man there..great friends and like any other site yah theres ur occasional creep but they have a special system where anyone over 18 cannot interact with anyone under..GRAB A BRAIN you ppl PISS me off!!!!!

  43. In all reality, how many of you have ever used tagged? it’s just a social networking site for teenagers (being one, I know) I have never gotten spammed and nobody has ever given me a virus off of it. The invites you get are legit, it just means that someone somehow has your e-mail address and has put it in to the invite section. My main concern with tagged happens to be the large amount of pedophiles on it. It’s not fake at all and it’s a lot like Myspace.

  44. I received an invitation to tagged in the middle of last night from the same person twice. I know he was not up. Googling turned up this page. It is reprehensible that a site can take over your contacts list and send email on your behalf. It is more disturbing that they can do it without your knowledge and explicit consent each time. I have deleted the emails. I will be very upset if this thing gets into my contacts list and emails them. I’m reporting it. I can’t block Tagged from sending me these kind of emails because the return address is my friend.
    And for those saying the site is okay or not–that is beside the point. I have no interest in the site and especially will have no interest in using a site the employs such tactics.

  45. Hmmm, It makes more sense that my 50+ year old friend is not a member of Tagged (or the other site who spammed me in his name, BluBet), and that these companies probably did get into his address book to spam and phish without his permission. Pitiful, and it should be illegal (if it isn’t already).
    Call me a ‘frickin paranoid delusional idiot’ if you must, but I’m just not buying the “innocent social system” BS.

  46. I havee been very pleased with Tag. It is a verey good way to teell things about yourself. I just moved to CA from out of state,and it was and is a very good way to share informationi about you yourself. It does cost nothing, and has alot of options, likee handing out some good pictures of yoruself, what you like and don’t like.
    It is a good free service, and if it bugs y ou then simply ignor it, but look at the advantages it offers the public for free, not the alledged problems that it might cause. Give them a brake and stop bitching about everything.

  47. I am not a member of tagged, but received invites, like many of you. But these invites were not from suspicious people, but from people who all went to my high school. However, I know for a fact most of the people I received invites from do not have tagged. I decided to go to tagged.com to see if I had a profile without even signing up, and sure enough, my CORRECT hometown, age, and high school were in my profile. I had friends that I never accepted to. How could they have all this information about me? I tried to ‘delete my profile’ but it asks for your password… haha I’m not giving those stupid people my password. Is there anything else I can do?

  48. If I mark a invitation from tagged as spam, will that only mark my friends email address as spam instead of the tagged ips etc ? since, despite my friend not sending it, it still appears to come from my friends email ?

  49. i was invited by a known, well-meaning friend, who i’m still about to strangle.
    within an hour of signup, i was hit by a spam-blizzard of impressive proportions. i skipped every skippable signup element, and entered false data in the rest – i’m not new, and not stupid, and these people wanted info i don’t give ANYBODY. and they STILL got some of my Yahoo account data, including bogus names i often use to sign up to questionable sites. a bit scary, that.

  50. Tagged is a perversion. It is a cancer on the internet, and should be surgically removed and incinerated. Point blank, any site which steals you address book and sends messages to all of your friends has ZERO integrity. The fact that they attempt to position themselves as a teen site is bogus. Look at the home page and you will see a scantily clad woman wanting to network with you.
    The real problem is if you have given Tagged the information they requested to join, then they have a good shot at getting your new password for your email if you change it. The only true way to cut the Tagged connection is to create a new email address.
    I have requested that my major internet provider block the IP from Tagged for all html and email.

  51. I have been hacked! someone, somehow has been able to access my tagged account and send messages to my friends and other contacts telling them I need money! Several of my contacts have called or notified me that they would be glad to help if i needed it, making me aware of this. But I KNOW I have never sent such messages to ANYONE! watch your account on Tagged!

  52. Damn! Here is something everyone should know….I stopped using this service after I began recieving too much spam generated mail in my personal email account. I have since married and removed myself from the date sites. Two days ago, my wife recieves an email from “me” at work asking “me” to be her friend on Tagged! She calls me in a rage asking me why I am on a dating service, when i clearly deactivated my account last year! My account was re-activated either by the site itself or by persons unknown and has been running and generating invitations for people all over the country and when they accept the invitation it is then able to exploit they’re contacts list and send more invites! BE AWARE PEOPLE! Do not trust this site or any site that asks you for addresses, phone numbers, as you may fall victim!

  53. I just got an invitation from my 71-year-old mom, immediately followed by an e-mail that actually was from her (to a long list of people, mind you) saying not to click it, that it wasn’t from her and that they’d send out invitations to your whole address book. I still don’t know if she foolishly signed up, but it sounds as if it doesn’t matter. It would be hard not to assume this is a scam. I find such callous, aggressive methods appalling.

  54. What bothers me most about the Tagged site is, It took every address in my email account and tagged them without my consent. There were people in my address book I would have NEVER sent a tagged to, including my ex husband and my boss. Both who sent messages to me saying “what is this?” My ex who works for the military declined it saying it was a worm, therefore he couldnt except. The problem was, I never sent it to him.
    What do I do to remove myself from this site.
    I am married and dont want to know who has a crush on me, nor do I want to talk to people I dont know, and I dont want the people in my address book to have to deal with this crap as well.
    Help!
    Kat

  55. I got Tagged a couple of weeks ago, and my address book was hijacked. Tagged is no better than setring up your computer for a virus. All my contacts were calling me to ask what the hell was going on. I took the advise posted by Natus and filed a complaint with Tagged ISP. Today I received the following response from Tagged:
    Hello,
    We apologize for the invites being sent out on your behalf.
    I have removed all email addresses from your invite list. Your contacts will not receive any further mail from Tagged.
    Let me know if I could assist you further.
    Thanks,
    Darla
    Tagged Customer Support

  56. I will copy all these comments and will send to my contacts, How about that?
    What you should know about “you’ve been tagged!” in the subject.
    I suggest we all do this. Let’s hit them back with the same stone!
    Margaret.

  57. I am hoping that everyone who claimed that Tagged “hijacked” their address books realized that when doing the search for friends already on Tagged (what it is doing when asking for your password– incidentally, you can do the same thing on MySpace), everyone in your address book is automatically selected and you have to unselect them or they will all get invites from you.
    The more comments I read, the more paranoid everyone here seems. I have gotten no more spam since signing up than I did before and none of my friends have gotten bogus requests from me. Maybe it’s because I paid attention to the little check marks and unchecked what I did not want, but I could be wrong. It could be an evil plot to take over everyone’s computers…except mine.
    It isn’t my favorite site in the world but get over yourselves people. It isn’t an evil conspiracy. No site can be responsible for jealous spouses, lack of technical savvy, and people not paying attantion to what they are doing. They also aren’t responsible if you are dumb enough to fill in any of those surveys. I didn’t fill in any and guess what? No Spam. I am guessing that the people with the Spam problems filled out at least one. Well, live and learn. It isn’t the site’s fault. Place the blame on yourselves where it belongs. Honestly, most of you claim to be adults. Please start acting like it!
    P.S. Unline many sites, it very clearly has a spot to cancel your account. So to the people who do not know how to do this, on your profile page on the upper right hand side of the screen select account (next to help and sign out). The bottom sections clearly states, with a large heading, “Cancel Account.” Follow the instructions and your account will be deleted.

  58. Check your phone bills everyone. After getting Tagged I received 3 notices from companies thanking me for signing up for their services and they would be billing my phone bill $10 per month !!!!!

  59. Hey,
    I will state it!, this is no more than a “legitimate” (Idoubt it), spamming site, YAHOO had to have gave them my password, I changed it days before, or somehow they retrieived it during the “password change”. I WANT OFF THIS STUPID SITE, but somehow, cannot get removed!
    cw bridges

  60. Every man I made a date with would make an excuse not to show up? I e mailed to some of his friends & they said the same thing. The person is not real I don’t think & their friends are in business with them because their friends answered my e mail with comments that only he made to me & they could not know that unless they had his information on what he wrote to me. I say fraud.

  61. I was tagged by a legitimate friend. I signed up with an email address specifically used for the Tagged site (it has “Tagged” in the address). Suddenly this special email address began receiving loads of spam. I also received a tagged request from someone that clearly looked bogus. I then cancelled the account. However, the horse had of course bolted and I still receive the spam. Yes, you can filter out spam, but its not the point – these people deliberatly passed on my email address to spammers (or use it themselves for spamming). Send a complaint if only to help try and prevent privacy abuse.

  62. i received an invitation from a friend to sign on to tagged. didn’t take long before some of questions asked me for aol signin, phone numbers, basically i answered anything that was in the phone book, but when it started asking passwords, etc, i backed out. so though i never enrolled i’m getting emails from hot 21 year olds, etc. don’t think so. signed into myspace about a month ago, went through hell, getting phished two times in a week. facebook, i think was also risky. what i don’t like is though i went directly to tagged website it showed my friend wanted me to sign up. think i’ll stick to regular email through my provider.

  63. I can’t believe this post dates from 2007 and a year and half later these spammers are still getting away with it. Just today I had a Tagged invitation from someone I actually know. It listed his email in the “From” field, so I replied, politely telling him that I belong to enough social networks already. He apologized, saying that he never sent out any friend invitations, and that Tagged had sent them out on his behalf using his MSN list without his permission.
    THAT IS SPAM. These people are SPAMMERS. Do NOT sign up.

  64. I was tagged this summer by a friend and she called to apologize because her computer had been infected by the a tagged email. She was very sorry, but since I received that tag my company email address has been jammed with spam emails. I turned on my computer this morning, which the spam blocker is set extremely high, and I had 58 spam emails. This happens every day and I am quite frankly tired of cleaning out my inbox. Can anyone tell me how to stop this?

  65. i do not know why i have my account cancelled and i can not get it back, would i lose all the friends list and their comments. what do i have to do

  66. i do not know why i have my account cancelled and i can not get it back, would i lose all the friends list and their comments. what do i have to do

  67. All i know is to post here i had to put my e-mail ..same as a site i go to (w/out any problems i may add) tagged.com …a bit crazy to hear comment about tagged is calling them …Hmmm i NEVER ..EVER had to give a phone number to join …maybe the site first spoken about and the comment is valid …the rest sounds like bull!! Either way its a great site ..just like anything on web …cover your tush ..if ya don`t and get screwed cause of your stupidity dont google complaint forums ..get a life 🙂

  68. that thing apear if one of your mates from msn or yahoo messenger or dunno what mess u use made an tagged account and sent invite from all his msn/yahoo mess members…tagged isnt a spawn site they just send mails if an user of them request that thing…i got an account on tagged.com and i wanna say it’s pretty cool =]

  69. I just began receiving spam from Tagged.com. a friend signed up and they grabbed my email from his account. From what I’ve read, when someone signs up Tagged.com grabs all the emails in the user’s account.
    Sounds like the same technique used by Spoke Software (spoke.com). They offer a ‘toolbar’ that, when downloaded, grabs the personal and workplace info from the users mail accounts, and adds it to their publicly available database. It took numerous calls and legally threatening emails to get removed.

  70. I flagged Tagged mail as junk so that it doesn’t fill my email in-box. I like going through it and have actually met one woman off of it but have not had a second date yet. I’ll call her tomorrow. I remember a scene from the movie Fight Club where Norton’s character was in a support group and he said, “Strangers with this kind of honesty makes me grow a big rubbery one.” That’s why I feel like the cops are using it to gain information to build their case against me. I’m not that big of a crimminal though. 🙂

  71. I work for Abovenet and I personally know that Tagged.com is not our direct customer. If you look those IP’s are UnitedLayer’s. I would contact them directly to get this stopped since Tagged.com seems to be their direct customer. They also may be a customer of a customer of UnitedLayer which is AboveNet’s customer.
    P.S. – I am just a messenger, please dont hate on me, just giving you alittle more info to add to this.

  72. Hello!!!!i would like to complaint about someone on tagged who stolen my snaps and my details and he is using his name there but my snaps and my date of Birth all of the things he is using and i am angry right now and i want u to take action against this and i want results.i hope you are gona help me out in this matter the person who is using my details and my snaps his profile nick is SKY K it will b really appriciated if ur gona take action on this.ill b looking forward from you.CHEERS

  73. I joined Tagged via “A friend has Tagged you” email. I determined that it’s nothing I want to be involved in. Within several minutes, I cancelled my account. The Terms of Service are at: http://www.tagged.com/terms_of_service.html?priv=y#privacy_policy
    I canceled my subscription via:
    “As a registered user, you may, at any time, cancel your account by emailing Tagged Tagged Site & Safety Squad at SiteSquad@Tagged.com and requesting cancellation of your account.”
    Let’s hope I’ve stopped this thing before it could do any damage.

  74. I have just a message from a friend whom I regard as cluedup inviting me to be his friend on Tagged and I was quite confused. I would be happy to do him a favour but I was required to join Tagged and given 3 minutes to do so. Fortunately I found this thread which has confirmed my suspicions. Thank you.

  75. I love Tagged
    I have met a number of ladies on Tagged that I would not normally have met at work or church or my neighborhood.
    these ladies are normal intelligent persons seeking friendship,companionship or romance.
    Undoubtedly there are scammers that are attracted to tagged.Luckily I did not use those person’s motive in discouraging me from meeting the 3 lovely ladies I met on tagged

  76. I want to get into my Tagged page from my palm (cell) but it keeps asking me my whole info again and then it says member already exist… because is me!!!!! but they don’t give me the option of sign up from my cell, I don’t know what to do!!!!
    Please, a little help here????
    😉

  77. i need help i was scammer and he is still treid to gey more money he changes his name al the time i am not the only one he hurt please help me to stop him he got over $5,000 he is on line now help me please thank you tina

  78. I got a virus or two or three from that site. The latest was trojan.Malscript!html and bonuspromooffer.com. That might have been the one my norton software can’t remove.

  79. In a comment Posted by: Natus on March 25, 2007 3:23 PM it references IP addresses used by tagged.com which is not accurate. Please remove this comment or at least put the information for the correct network provider.
    abuse@above.net

  80. Wait a second, “abuse@above.net”, you’re saying that a comment that’s two years old is something you – the anonymous person who might or might not be from Above.net – are having a problem with? Well, your comment should serve as sufficient additional information for anyone who would dig around on this page.

  81. Hi
    tagged removed me 2 times of their sites with this excuus
    A photo you have posted to Tagged has been reviewed and found to violate Tagged’s terms of use. Your Tagged account has been cancelled and can no longer be accessed.
    on all of my pictures i have clothes on, and still they yell its in violant with their tagged terms..
    but if they are so into that, why dont they remove the account where ppl put picutes of ppl that are having sex, or nude persons..
    since this is the second time, i geuss tagged removed random users.
    email to tagged, you wont get any answers

  82. I’ve been a member of Tagged for a while now and I have to say my experience has been almost completely positive. My main goal was to make online friends from all over the world. I have plenty of “in-person” friends, but for the most part they all live within about 10 miles of me (though there are those who have moved away or that I moved away from for work). I now have about 10 people I correspond with weekly or even daily sometimes and another 10 or so who I chat with once or twice a month. That’s out of about 200 Tagged “friends” (people who have clicked yes on my friend request or I have clicked yes on theirs). Still, I’ve met some amazingly friendly, down to earth people here. I didn’t realize the site markets itself as a teen networking site…I see several younger people but most of my friends are somewhere closer to my age (I’m 41 and I do have a few younger friends most are between 35 and 55).

  83. okay im 17 ive had a tagged account since i was 15 and yes i get a lot of tagged messages everyday on my hotmail but its not a spamer i mean i know all the people in person when

  84. i first got my account for msn i started getting tagged messages so i got an accountive had no problme but ppl have you ever heard of dont give out you info duh. plus tagged isnt just for teens its for everyone and i really dont use tagged as much i use myspace its better than any site…

  85. Same story here, someone I occasionally chat with on yahoo signed up and they automatically spammed invites to everyone in her contact list.
    The way the signup works now ( May 2009 ), it’s possible to skip the step where you give them your email password, but it’s not obvious. Just clicking next takes you right back to the email password form, but up in the upper corner of the screen there’s a gray text on black background “Skip” link.
    Also a few steps in you hit all the “join/subscribe to this amazing offer” page. It has a Skip/Pass button, but will continually take you in a loop showing you the same offers until you finally sign up for something. When I went through it, some of the offers look liked paid monthly renewals, so you really don’t want to give your credit card number out to these people.

  86. Interesting reading the last two years of comments. Why was I reading them? Well, got an e-mail from a friend I hadn’t heard from in several years, saying:
    “I was lured to a site called Tagged under the pretense of looking at pictures that a friend was sharing. Ironically, I was at school today with this person and we were both taking pictures of our first graders at an event in the gym, so it didn’t seem suspicious. To make a long story short, I inadvertently allowed it access to my Yahoo address book (dumb, I know) so now you may be getting an email saying that I have pictures to share with you as [name removed]. There are no pictures – this is how I was lured into signing up for the site. Sorry that this happened and if you get an email from [name removed], feel free to say NO!!
    Don’t fall for it! ”
    And this is a bright, computer savvy person who managed to miss some of the fine print. Not exactly spam, but certainly one degree of separation from spam.
    (And, sure enough there was not one but TWO e-mails from Tagged in my in-box.)

  87. Probably the most interesting thing, to me, about this was in the Terms of Service, which says:
    “E) Notice Regarding Commercial Email
    MEMBERS CONSENT TO RECEIVE COMMERCIAL E-MAIL MESSAGES FROM TAGGED, AND ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THEIR EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY BE USED BY TAGGED FOR THE PURPOSE OF INITIATING COMMERCIAL E-MAIL MESSAGES.”
    This says that they are ALLOWED to send people email from YOU. That you are giving them express permission to use YOUR email address to send out commercial email.
    So I’m not even sure it’s a virus, per se. It’s a service that you’re signing up for!

  88. I too got an e-mail from someone I know, went to the site, and thankfully it would not let me even type in my name. So I abandoned the effort. After reading the comments here, I’m glad I didn’t fall for it!

  89. I recv’d 11 msgs from 3 people today. Very annoying. I may have to make up an inbound e-mail filter… Thank you for hosting this info page!

  90. I’m wondering why the tagged site is still around? I’ve just complained about it to the groups that Natus suggests in an earlier post. I have foolishly fallen for the Tagged sign up page. I thought a friend of mine was trying to share photos via their site. I should know better and only found this site when it was clear something was not right. Has everyone commenting here been complaining?

  91. I have just been emailed by tagged.com saying a frind I do know has invited me to look at picture.. I was sus about it so I entered false details and then it asked me for my AOL password… I enterd a false one It instantly knew I had not entered the correct one.. This is one hell od a password stealing scam…

  92. I just called the phone number Natus gave. that company no longer works with Tagged.com. They said they fired them for their illegal actions. He suggested that we contact the IC3.
    Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) http://www.IC3.gov.

  93. You’re an idiot if you do anything at all with these scammers – let alone give out your passwords.

  94. Perhaps one should remind themselves before calling people idiots, that not all PC users are computer savvy like others. I find it rather distrubing that these programs are out there and will “suck” a trusting unsuspecting person into it. Since most of what we do now is via techology, people who never wanted to use PC’s are being forced into it. What, the young lady at my uncle’s bank exlaimed, you are 83 and you don’t have an internet conncection? …so, don’t always assume someone is an idiot, assume they may not all have had computer safety training.

  95. I’m surprised no one here has mentioned what also happens when you sign up for tagged.com. You are automatically signed up for onemailaday.com and charged 14.95 a month on the phone number you used when you signed up for tagged.com.
    My brilliant husband received an email today and signed up for tagged.com. Immediately he received an email from oneemailaday.com saying… “You are getting this email because you signed up to receive the ONE EMAIL A DAY™ service when you registered to http://www.tagged.com on Tue, 09 Jun 2009″ and “A $14.95 monthly recurring fee will be billed on behalf of OneEmailADay™ “OneEmailADay Monthly Service Fee” on the ESBI bill page of your local phone bill. However, OneEmailADay™ and your local telephone company are not affiliated. Your first charge will be billed on or after the 15th day of authorizing this service and the service is only $14.95 a month billed on your local phone bill.”
    It then listed our phone number.
    PLEASE do not sign up for this crap!

  96. I was sent an email by a friend. Since I thought she might actually have photos for me, I opened the webpage. I quickly backed out when I saw the information they were looking for.
    Too late. Today my email account was shut down because the spammers had sent more than 1,000 emails in a 24 hour period!
    Don’t even open it

  97. I am a privacy attorney that is investigating privacy issues related to tagged.com, and any of their associated companies.
    Anyone with information on these matters can contact me in confidence at: malleylaw@gmail.com Your thoughts and complaints about their practices would be appreciated.
    I am very much interested in the activities of third party companies,ie companies associated with tagged.com that appear to be obtaining user information and transacting business from such information, such as billing your telephone company.
    My interest is to evaluate whether legal action is required. In order to evidence the level of my interest and experience, I would refer you to my recent cases on privacy this past year:
    LANE V FACEBOOK
    VALENTINE V NEBUAD
    SIMON V ADZILLA
    Once again, feel free to contact me in confidence on this matter at; malleylaw@gmail.com
    thanks
    joe malley

  98. In regard to onemailaday.com….IS THIS TRUE?
    can anyone verify kathy’s account noted below?
    Was it an application on tagged.com that scraped telephone numbers, but it’s unrelated to signing up to tagged.com or accepting the alledged friend’s download of photos?
    Are you saying there are applications, or third party advertisers that are being provided personal information of their users?
    Does anyone else have similar stories about charges from companies associated with tagged.com due to joining, or accepting to download a friend’s photos?
    email all issues about these matters to:
    malleylaw@gmail.com
    thanks
    joe malley
    “I’m surprised no one here has mentioned what also happens when you sign up for tagged.com. You are automatically signed up for onemailaday.com and charged 14.95 a month on the phone number you used when you signed up for tagged.com.
    My brilliant husband received an email today and signed up for tagged.com. Immediately he received an email from oneemailaday.com saying… “You are getting this email because you signed up to receive the ONE EMAIL A DAY™ service when you registered to http://www.tagged.com on Tue, 09 Jun 2009″ and “A $14.95 monthly recurring fee will be billed on behalf of OneEmailADay™ “OneEmailADay Monthly Service Fee” on the ESBI bill page of your local phone bill. However, OneEmailADay™ and your local telephone company are not affiliated. Your first charge will be billed on or after the 15th day of authorizing this service and the service is only $14.95 a month billed on your local phone bill.”
    It then listed our phone number.
    PLEASE do not sign up for this crap!
    Posted by: Kathy on June 9, 2009 1:53 PM ”

  99. I hate these Tagged guys! PLEASE, any information you have on them to report them as spam would be greatly appreciated.

  100. Not too long ago I received the invitation to read mail and view pictures from someone whose name was the same as that of my brother. I thought he had signed up with a new service and clicked YES. After entering my name and e-mail address, the next page was one for me to give them my e-mail PASSWORD!
    K-r-a-a-a-a-p-p-p-p!!!! Spammers!
    My brother, I learned, had given these criminals his password. They turned around and highjacked his address book. E-mails were sent to everyone in his address book, just as they had sent the e-mail to me.
    A few minutes later I found a site to complain about this where others had previously. Several weeks afterwards, I received an e-mail from this joe malley. Needless to say, I did not reply to him since he may be working with tagged.com. The FTC can investigate tagged.com – and joe, too.
    I have been receiving one or two e-mails a week from tagged. They all go to the trash.
    Those Harvard boys who started this should have their computers taken from them and sent to bed without any dinner – for the rest of their lives. Wikipedia does not mention that they were fined a huge sum of money a few years ago.
    In July 2009 New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to sue Tagged.com for “deceptive email marketing and invasion of privacy” according to Wikipedia.

  101. Posted by: Slim Shaddy on August 9, 2007 1:53 AM, Shannon on August 22, 2007 1:45 PM, [Ownt] on September 22, 2007 5:12 PM, me on February 14, 2008 11:39 AM, Michael on March 10, 2008 1:14 PM, JD on March 27, 2008 12:50 AM, Mo on June 22, 2008 6:48 PM, Puls0 on December 23, 2008 2:27 PM,
    Do you work FOR tagged? They are high-jacking address books – as others have reported.
    Got a “friend request”, accepted, figured out the next a.m. tagged had invited everyone in my yahoo address book …
    Posted by: Louise on January 23, 2008 7:58 AM
    Louise – You gave them your password!
    This happend to me yesterday and the only reason I opened it was because it WAS from someone I knew, but then some how it got into my email address book and is now sending every one the same message from me? How is this possible and how do I stop this?
    Posted by: Helen on January 24, 2008 11:09 AM
    Helen – You gave them your password!
    How is tagged allowed to invite all of my contact list to join with an invitation from me? How can i get out of tagged and stop them from continuing to invite all of my friends. At last count some of my friends have received 6 invitations from tagged on behalf of me.
    Posted by: kate on January 30, 2008 1:27 AM
    kate – You gave them your password!
    What bothers me most about the Tagged site is, It took every address in my email account and tagged them without my consent. … I dont want the people in my address book to have to deal with this crap as well.
    Help!
    Kat
    Posted by: kat on May 15, 2008 9:07 AM
    Kat – You gave them your password!
    Posted by: Malik A on February 9, 2009 2:55 PM
    Malik A – You gave them your password!

  102. Tagged is terrible. Is full of stalkers and hackers. I was once a member, I reported a stalker and the next morning my account was canceled. They sent an e-mail saying I posted illicit content, which was not truth. I assumed my account was hacked, something now I know is very common on tagged because they don’t have enough security offered. I warn you of this site, especially if you are a woman.

  103. hi there, iam 35, single lady in uk, i have been on tagged for about 4 months, i had a suspicious email message on tagged from someone apparently from bench group(called mark gate), wanted me to send 3 pics, i did it(stupidly), then i received an email saying they wanted to use my pics in the next cocacola ads, was asked to send my name/address and cell/mobile number!!!, would like to know if anyone else has had the same thing sent??, regards, sarah.

  104. please give us instructions on where to complain about misuse of my data on the tagetit through false games.This copy of passport is a misuse of mar please give us instructions on where to complain about misuse of my data on the tagetit through false games.This copy of passport is a misuse.
    please as legal measures against these negative phenomena. please as legal measures against these negative phenomena

  105. SHIRLEY E is my profile someone put me on private I cann`ot access my email or get into my profile ,WHAT CAN U DO TO ACCESS MY ACCOUNT ,

  106. TAGGED SUCKS! MY FIANCEE IS POSTING THIS TO EVERY SITE, FORUM, COMPLAINT SITES, ETC. AS WE OWE IT TO EACH OTHER TO HELP STOP TAGGED FROM WASTING SO MANY PEOPLE’S TIME. SEARCH IT IN ALL THE SEARCH ENGINES AND YOU WILL SEE TAGGED.COM IS BEING BLOCKED IN PLACES AS THEY STEAL YOUR FRIENDS AND INFORMATION THROUGH PHISHING AND SPAM AND FAKES AND FILTH.
    HERE IT IS:
    TAGGED PROFILES ARE MOSTLY FAKES AND GAYS PRETENDING TO BE GIRLS TO SCAM LONELY GUYS OUT OF THEIR MONEY. BEAUTIFUL FANTASY GIRL SITES OF BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, MODELS AND STARS THAT ARE FAKE AS A MILLION DOLLAR BILL. DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THEY WOULD BE ON TAGGED.COM?!?!? AHAHAHA! YOU CANNOT BE TOO CAREFUL! IF YOU SEE A GIRL THAT LOOKS KINDA LIKE SHE MAY BE A DUDE… HELLO! THAT’S EASY… BUT I’VE SEEN SOME THAT YOU COULD NOT TELL WHAT THEY ARE BECAUSE THEY HAD BREAST IMPLANTS, ETC! NEVER NEVER NEVER SEND MONEY TO THESE SCAMMERS! THAT’S WHY THEY WON’T GO AWAY BECAUSE PEOPLE FALL FOR THEIR STUPID SCAMS AND ACTUALLY SEND MONEY!
    THEN YOU HAVE THE REAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENDLESS SOB STORIES! “MY PRESIOUS MAMA IS IN DAH HOSPITEL AND WE POOR WITTLE KIDZ KANT AFORD XOYGN TANK 4 HER 2 BREATH…HUHUHUHUHU!” AND I’M GOING TO HAVE TO DROP OUT OF COLLEGE BECAUSE MY PARENTS LOST THEIR JOBS AND CANNOT AFFORD TO SEND ME AND MY 3 SISTERS TO SCHOOL ANYMORE! I WANT TO FINISH AND GRADUATE!…HUUHUHU!” OR ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW THEM AS SEEMINGLY DECENT PEOPLE AND ARE FALLING FOR THEIR SWEETNESS THEN THEY HIT YOU WITH SOMETHING LIKE “I WENT TO GET THE MONEY YOU SENT ME FOR A WEBCAM BABY AND A STUPID DOG RAN OUT FROM THE ALLEY AND BITED ME! I HAD TO USE THE MONEY YOU SENT TO PAY FOR HOSPITAL AND DOCTOR EXPENSE AND NOW I HAVE TO GET SHOTS FOR 7 DAYS AND I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY! I’M SO SCARRED OF DIEING! ARE YOU GONA LET YOUR BABY DIE?”
    AND PEOPLE STILL SEND MONEY. UNBELIEVABLE!
    OH YEAH, SUPPOSEDLY A TEEN SITE? YEAH RIGHT! AHAHA! WHATEVER! FULL OF PEDAFILES AND PERVERTS AFTER THE YOUNG TEENS IS MORE ACCURATE! AND THE TEENS PROFILES ARE FULL OF PORN AND FILTH TOO! GUYS TRYING TO HOOK UP WITH YOUNG GIRLS SO THEY CAN BE NAKED ON CAM AND HAVE SEX! I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THE TEENS THAT ARE DECENT AND HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT. NOT ONLY FROM THE PRESSURE FROM THEIR OWN PIERS BUT THE PERVS AS WELL. THERE’S ALSO MYSPACE AND FACEBOOK, ETC. BUT TAGGED.COM IS THE WORST!
    I HAD ONE OF THE MOST DECENT PROFILES ON TAGGED AS I’M A DECENT GUY AND CERTAINLY NOT ANY OF THAT OTHER TRASH. I HAD A CHRISTIAN BASED PROFILE WITH MICHAEL W SMITH AND CHRIS TOMLIN, ETC. ONE OF THE CLEANEST SITES ON TAGGED! CHRISTIAN MUSIC, NO PORN, NOTHING BAD AT ALL, PURE AND CLEAN AND GUESS WHAT? THEY DELETED MY PROFILE! WHAAA?!?!? YES! ALL THE MESSAGES AND COMMENTS FROM MY FIANCEE AS WELL AS ALL THE COMMENTS I SEARCHED MANY HOURS FOR. NOT EVEN AN UNCLEAN MESSAGE! ALL OF IT GONE! 2500 PLUS FRIENDS, 1000 PLUS COMMENTS, 1000 PLUS TAGS PICS, PIC COMMENTS, JOURNAL, MESSAGES, CHRISTIAN VIDEOS, EVERYTHING GONE! AND I KEPT IT CLEAN, DELETED MANY PORN AND UNTASTEFUL COMMENTS AND TAGS.
    IT WAS CLEAR THAT I’M TAKEN ALREADY BY MY FIANCEE AND OBVIOUSLY A CHRISTIAN WITH MORALS AND STANDARDS OF DECENCY AND YET STILL I GOT THAT TRASH. HER PARENTS ARE APPALLED AT THE WAY TAGGED OPERATES. WE ALL HAVE A HIGH DEGREE OF DECENCY AND RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER. TAGGED DID THIS TWICE!! TAGGED CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH YOUR EMAIL, MAIL, PROFILE, ANYTHING! MY ADVISE? GET OUT AND GO TO A BETTER SITE BEFORE IT HAPPENS TO YOU.
    IS YOUR DAUGHTER IN THERE? IF YOU ARE DECENT AND YOUR DAUGHTER IS DECENT YOU BETTER GET HER AS FAR AWAY FROM THERE AS YOU CAN. BLOCK TAGGED.COM ON UR PC OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO. YES I LIKED TAGGED. I LIKED IT BECAUSE YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE YOUR PROFILE MORE EASILY THAN MOST. BUT WHEN YOU LOSE ALL YOUR STUFF, ESPECIALLY THE NEXT TIME, YOU WILL HATE TAGGED FOR WASTING YOUR TIME AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS TIME. IF YOU CREATE ANOTHER SITE THEN THEY PUT A BLOCK ON YOUR COMPUTER SO YOU HAVE TO ENTER CAPTCHA TO DO ANYTHING.
    I WAS A MEMBER AND HAD A FEW DECENT FRIENDS. THE OTHER 90% WERE MOSTLY SCAMMERS AND FAKES. ALL OF MY DECENT FRIENDS ARE LEAVING THERE BECAUSE AS OTHERS HAVE SAID IN MANY PLACES, IT’S MOSTLY LOWLIFES ANYWAY SO WHY BOTHER WITH A FAILING SCAMMER SITE? WITH SO MUCH NUDITY AND EVEN PEOPLE BEING KILLED FROM MEETING MEMBERS, YOU WOULD THINK THAT A DECENT GUY HAD A CHANCE.
    WIKIPEDIA SAYS THE FOLLOWING ABOUT TAGGED.COM:
    A TIME magazine article called Tagged “The World’s Most Annoying Website”.[22] Tagged asks users for their email username and password, checks their email address books for contacts and repeatedly sends email invitations to people who are not yet on Tagged, stating that they have been “added as a friend” or that the inviter had sent them photos on Tagged. This process has drawn criticism in the technology press[23][24] and from users.[25] These emails were discussed as possible spam by Black Web 2.0.[26] The resemblance to a virus has often been mentioned, including by urban legend site Snopes.com.[27] The New York Times referred to the practice as “contact scraping” [28]
    In July 2009 New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced his intention to sue Tagged.com for “deceptive email marketing and invasion of privacy” [29] According to the press release, Tagged.com engaged in “deceptive Email Promotions, Identity Theft, and Invasion of Privacy ”
    Prior to co-founding Tagged, Greg Tseng was co-founder and CEO of internet incubator Jumpstart Technologies.[30] In March 2006, Jumpstart Technologies settled with the Federal Trade Commission on alleged violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, which included a $900,000 fine but no admission of guilt.[31]
    From February 2009, Tagged.com has been blocked in Qatar by the only ISP, Qtel, after a number of complaints from the public.[32] Tagged.com had been one of the 10 most visited sites in Qatar.[33]

  107. I’ve been on tagged for a while now and was really starting to enjoy meeting new people, but now it’s getting to the point to where I want to delete my account. I’m constantly getting friend and meet me request from spam and I can’t get rid of them. Everytime I delete and report one another one wants to add me. I have alot of friends on there and I don’t want to delete my account because that’s the way we keep in touch. Is there anything you guys can do to keep spam out. I’m getting tired of having to constantly delete and report the fake profiles because it’s a never ending thing. I’ve talked to a few people and we were discussing what tagged has turned out to be and they’re even thinking about closing out their account. If this keeps up, what’s going to happen is all of the real people on here that want to meet new friends are going to cancel and you’re site will be nothing but spam. Now who in the world is going to have 3000+ friends after opening up an account that same day or the day before?
    There should be somekind of safety feature on here to where all of the spam profiles or suspected spam will be deleted instantly without everybody having to go and delete them. What’s going on is, you have to go to the profile to report them and once you open it up then more profiles are waiting to hit you up. What do people get out of messing up something that could be good? If they’re out just to get money from people by joining a site or linking into their personal info. then all i have to say is…GET A REAL JOB AND LEAVE EVERYBODY ALONE. I hope that more people will complain about this situation. Just a piece of advise to the users out there who fall for an email that makes you feel sorry for them such as them being stuck in another country and can’t get home so they need money, don’t send anything to them. If you do then you’ll end up finding out the hard way that you just scammed.
    Please people, I’m asking you to voice your opinion about this and try to help make Tagged a better social site that people want to continue using. The way it’s going right now, there won’t be any real profiles on here, just nothing but fake pics and fake profiles. If you see a profile with somebody who could be a model that wants to meet you and the profile says they’re looking for a serious relationship…DELETE IT. There is no way that a female that could get any guy she wants will be trying to pick up somebody online. Think about it. I hope that people read this and take it seriously. Thanks
    Mike

  108. I have been following all the media coverage over this court case and see that they are winning / have won, hands down. Yet they are spamming left right and center. This is NOT a teenager site – heaven forbid, kids of 13 are being exposed to pornographic material on this site on just about every profile – male and female !!!! TAGGED.COM do nothing about all the pornographic material on this site either, no matter how much one complains.
    My issue is totally different however to what is being currently aired.
    I would like to know why TAGGED.COM have barred / blocked the ISP addresses of anyone using TELEKOMSA.NET as their service provider ??? WHAT VALID REASON HAVE THEY GOT TO DO THIS …???
    One cannot access Tagged using this service, though using any other service provider in South Africa, one is able to access / be a member of Tagged.com.
    I have a Tagged profile (my 3rd one as the others were deleted for no reason) with only a very few genuine friends. I am unable to send comments or messages since Wednesday 16th December 2009 and complaints to them fall on deaf ears, like everything else does. I do like the site and it has potential, but it’s being run by the ‘wrong-hands’.
    I wish to make media coverage of this and any information gleaned would help my case here.
    Thanking you
    Brenda

  109. There is a guy in Birmingham UK who has stol;en my pictures on tagged and using them on his profile with lewd comments.
    How can i complaint to Tagged.Does anyone have phone number where i can contact-i tried reporting on Tagged-no response.
    I need to talk to a person from Tagged
    Awaiting Response ASAP
    Thanks

  110. To me Tagged was a waste my friend want me to join because he found some girl from indonesia and talk to her on the phone add her on facebook , i was what the heck il give a shot i got email from girl they wrote something interesting just when i saw each profile i see some guys use the same phrase that they use to wrote on me and call them scammer so i deleted them man quitte pathetic there lifestyle is tagged is a screw up playing games wit us

  111. What a shock to find so many people not liking Tagged. I have been on Tagged for just about a year, have always deleted any porn or obscene things that were mailed to me. I truly loved Mafia Wars and started dabbling in Pets. I was just booted of from Tagged because I displayed violence and weapons. Violence? There was a drawing of a Amazon warrior with a male pet on a leash….no pain, no blood…actually quite tastefully illustrated. OK, maybe that wasn’t good but it was removed by myself. Ok, I vented……love to see everyone just leave them to their spammer, scammers and freaks
    Weapons? OK, a little history….I build vehicles for movies. I displayed the Mustang from Percy Jackson….a film vehicle.

  112. To me i believe that Tagged is a well designed website to scam people! I remember last 2 years, I received a message from Tagged that my friend have tagged me and invited me to come and see the sweet sixteen.
    I decided to check it out and i was asked to register and I did. i tried to locate the girl all to no availed.
    after that I received so many scam messages from scammers who used that site to scam.

  113. I know the owner of the website personally and he owns a few porn websites as well that he advertises through tagged. There’s a script that keeps creating fake users from Philippines or US in order to send meet me requests to all the males from tagged. As soon as you click “no” another bot will send you a request. The porn websites are advertised in their profiles.

  114. i am some time now with tagged.
    I met some real people in Bangkok and Indonesia, and have/had contact to real people in Europe.
    and when i got contacted from some of my friends they where the real once.
    Of coarse i get a lot of scam mail ….these with the wish to contact them directly via yahoo or hotmail…. and the other once from ? (yes they are from nigeria….. google in combination with scam) with the money they want to give to you.
    i report them as scam. hope this helps something
    Then there are the beautiful young girls (20-28 years old), which have hundreds (thousends) of friends, what they could want from a 52 year old man ? …. $ ? … € ? ….yeah right
    or they are collecting ? but for what ?
    and some of them are (gay) boys and they are hapy to have real hetero men as there friend ???? what for ?
    ..and then the real gays …even i wrote in my profil “no gay contacts please” and stated my sexual orientation ….(do they cannot read ? or they still try o get a male virgin ???)
    which a little bit of common sense you can find easily what is real and what is fake.
    I met only in Indonesia (i am yearly there for business) four women …and still have contact with them …. 😉
    so go ahead, easy to spot the scammers and have fun in tagged
    P.S., what ever you do, do not send any money..under no circumstances (even you got a check …which is not covered…but you will learn it later)
    especially not with western union ….the best sign that you will never see this money again….. but that’s all common sense and i don’t really need to tell you …or ?

  115. There are three simple words that may solve the problem: “Class action lawsuit”.
    Those people posting in favour of “Tagged” are trying too hard but to no avail. You cannot defend the undefendable. It is not as if you are going to change the minds of the people who have been affected by the website.
    Oh! and for arguments such as: “like any other site yah theres ur occasional creep but they have a special system where anyone over 18 cannot interact with anyone under…”, here is my answer:
    Didn’t you know “wise” guy/gal (since for you the rest are “paranoid idiots”) that people (specially predators) can put any fake information they want, including age, sex and post a fake picture? Have you just not read the comments of fake people trying to con others in the site? Who is the idiot now?
    We know these “defending posts” are by people who are not teenagers specially because there is no reason why someone with no real invested interest in the site would defend it with such passion. Teenagers move from one website to the next new one the way they change their cell phones (“It’s so yesterday to have a cell phone that is bigger than a wallet and with no cool gadgets”).
    Again, my question for you: Who is the idiot now?
    As teenagers would say “You just got served”.

  116. Yes, it’s a spam/scam site with low/no concern for security or privacy of any kind. For people who have been dumb enough to jump for the scam-mail then do 4 simple things. 1) Get a firewall (I don’t mean that shitty thing windows calls a firewall I mean a real firewall) 2)Run anti-virus/spyware/malware 3) Change your passwords 4)Learn the hazards of the machine you are using or stop using it!

  117. Yes , I have been a member of the site for some time now. I use is as a friends type networking tool and do pay for their service. The site management though does seem to lack the required technical knowledge that management should have. I grade them on a D to F in their abilities to correct site problems in a timely manner. I pay for the service and in doing so I expect a certain level of compentency on their part which is simply not there. I also recall long ago their site lacked any type of contact to the site admin. I ended up doing so through the Domain registry back then

  118. The OneEmailADay scam showed up on my Phone bill. I did not even notice since my Verizon bill 8 pages of stuff with Internet, TV and Phone. I called them for a credit and asked how did this happen. They said I signed up using an email address that I have not used for 2 years?
    It’s amazing how phone companies can allow this stuff.

  119. Tagged first entered my procmailrc in March of 2009, I believe. A well-meaning, but misguided, friend provided his email password to Tagged (a major no-no) and I got the invite from Tagged. I immediately added this entry to my procmailrc:
    :0:
    * ^Received: from taggedmail.com
    /dev/null
    I further spoke with him about it, but he seemed reasonable about not doing it again.
    For those that say that this isn’t spam, let’s look at what spam is first of all.
    The common definition of spam breaks down into two components:
    1. Unsolicited
    2. Commercial
    Tagged are spammers because the email is unsolicited in nature — I never indicated to them that I wish to receive email.
    Tagged are spammers because the email is commercial in nature — it is trying to get you to establish an account such that they may sell a product (namely, your eyeballs) and a service (namely, advertising) to people.
    Conclusion: Tagged are spammers. QED.

  120. How the hell do I get out of Tagged? I am in China and 99% of the time I get a message “service unavailable”. There seems no way of getting out of it and it is just annoying to get messages (some from people I do know) and can’t reply. Not worth the bother but can’t get out!

  121. tagged keep closing my account about pictures even tho they ban the pic what i did’t think nothing was wrong with it they just close my account down with no warning over a silly picture, i think this is wrong and want someone too look into it
    i have friends on family on there what i don’t know no other ways too contact them

  122. For the last month or so I have received about 25-30 of these spam email invites from TAGGED.COM. One thing all of these messages have in common is the subject line and the intro in the email.
    Here is the last one I got just a few minutes ago:
    Subject line: “Colette K sent you a message…”
    Body: “You have a new message! Colette K says: Hi, do you remember me? Can you…”
    The funny thing is that I am 46 years old, almost 47. I look maybe 10 years younger but from that to be taken for a teenager… These people obviously don’t care. They just want to make business one way or another.

  123. I assume the spammers that are doing this are starting to get fancy in their approach by stealing pictures from Facebook.com and other social networks and using them to draw more people to their fake site.
    I am almost 100% convinced that if they are using my picture too to draw women or men to their site they certainly stole it from facebook because that is the only site where I have an account. I abandoned my FB account in early 2010 because I got tired of the spam and privacy issues. I haven’t deleted it yet but I don’t even stop by there anymore, so the pics I had there I assume are still there.
    Bottom line I highly suspect that these people are using my pictures – much like they use pictures of other unsuspecting men & women – to lure other folks to their spam site, and I can only imagine they must have gotten hold of such photos directly through the privacy violators that run Facebook.com, or because of FB’s negligence to keep spammers from stealing users’ photos and identity.

  124. Last year I had a similar problem. A site called Quepasa.com started sending me spam email much like tagged.com is doing now. But back then they got me to fall for the trick because they used a photo and the name of a female friend of mine that I just happened to have met through facebook.com a couple of years earlier. That person today is a very close personal friend of mine but we only keep in contact in person and by phone. No longer do we use facebook.com to communicate.
    Anyway to finish my story about the quepasa.com spam site… when I got the invite from my friend in my email I made the mistake of clicking on it and registering with quepasa.com. I thought it was really my friend sending me an invite to another cool site – at least one better than the laughingstock called Facebook. Long story short… after weeks on end of trying to figure out what was going on I realized quepasa.com was a phishing site that had broken into my email account – after registering – and had stolen the names and email addresses of all my acquaintances from my address book. Then the bastards did the exact same thing they did to me to all of the people that were in my address book at the time. I believe this is called phishing. They get you to sign up to a fake site to gain access to your email account or computer to steal information from you and all the people you know whether or not they are your close friends. This way I assume they pretend to draw more and more people to their site.
    After I registered to quepasa.com and surfed through their site I realized it was nothing but a dead place packed with plain profiles that only had a photo and the same silly intro comment as if it had been written by the same person. And even though there was a profile with the picture and the name of my friend, she was nowhere to be found. Later when I called her and asked her about the invite to the site she too was shocked because she had fallen for it too but didn’t even realized the spammers at quepasa.com had stolen her friends’ and acquaintances’ info to send spam to them too. But the biggest problem was that we could not delete the account or the picture from the spam site, nor change the name in the profile. Once you register and create a profile they steal your picture and your identity. All you can do is leave and imagine it never happened.
    Since then when I get an email like that I just delete it and create a spam filter to have all of that crap go straight to my trash folder. I suggest people getting such spam email do not click on the link or register for an account because someone somewhere is trying to trick you to steal from you. That’s all there is to it. You all have a great day.

  125. The concept of Tagged in quite good, however all the fake and BS profiles detracts from this concept. The lack of any intelligent response from Tagged is also disappointing. The pets game while being a very interesting concept becomes quite useless when they just decide to take your cash and then ignor any complaints that you make. Its hard to find a profile that wasnt created yesterday by an Asian and has only 1 picture. I assume these are created by tagged or someone with very little to do in life

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