Photo sharing has become a powerful tool to facilitate the word-of-mouth advertising which is where most of our new customers come from. So it is not surprising when you get an e-mail from Tagged.com stating that someone you know (you recognize their e-mail address) has some photos they want to share with you and, to see these photos, all you need to do is follow the link embedded in the e-mail.
When you do, however, you’re told that, before you can access your friend’s photos, you must first create a free Tagged.com account. For most photo-sharing websites, this would entail little more than supplying a name and e-mail address. Tagged.com, however, asks for considerably more — including your phone number.
Imagine your surprise when, a few days later, you get an e-mail from Tagged.com announcing that you’ve been signed up for a voice-mail service, and that the $14.95/month cost of this service will be billed to the phone number you supplied. (Good luck getting yourself unsubscribed to this “service.”)
At this point, you are just about ready to strangle the “friends” who got you embroiled in this mess. Well, guess what? They had little to do with it. It seems that when your friends responded to one of these bogus Tagged.com e-mails, the Tagged server was busy mining your friends’ e-mail address book for all the contacts listed there. That’s why you and everyone else in the address book got one of these See My Photos e-mails. And, yes, if you respond, they’ll attempt to mine your address book as well.
In our estimation, there is no pit in Hell too dark or too deep for scam artists like this. Unfortunately, that corner of Hell seems to be getting very crowded these days. Read more about Tagged.com at: