If you receive an e-mail stating, “So-and-so has tagged you!”, delete it. Tagged.com is nasty business, primarily targeting teens, but pulling in thousands with invitation e-mails that play on peoples’ guilt feelings.
Right off, they ask new users for their e-mail account information — that’s username and password, people — so they can tell their friends about Tagged. Once a user enters this information, Tagged logs into the users’ e-mail account and copies their contacts and sends mass mailings to every address in the user’s contacts. Observe:
Tagged is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s a total con. I was a “victim” of this site just recently. I got an invitation from a friend of mine so I went to the site to sign up and add myself as their friend. So the site asked me if I wanted to check and see what other friends of mine were already on Tagged. I figured sure why not. So I let it go through my Gmail address book and “check” to see how many people I knew were already on Tagged. Then is said 15 people I knew were already on Tagged and did I want to add them as friends… I figured sure, Why not?
Well what followed was complete horror. I started getting emails from people I haven’t spoken to in a long time asking me why I want them to join me on Tagged. It turns out Tagged spams everyone in your address book. No wonder this site is doing so “well”. Source
There are reports from people who indicate they clicked “No” when asked if they wanted to send invitations to their friends, but learned Tagged sent the e-mails, anyway. Nice. Nothing like spamming someone’s contacts without permission.
What if the invitations receive no answer? No problem! Tagged sends multiple mailings, each increasingly appealing to the emotions of the recipient, trying to guilt them into joining the site.
The e-mails look like this. I’ve removed personally identifiable information from this screenprint.
Folks, despite what they say, you do NOT have to click. There is a third, and preferable, option: Delete the e-mail. Even clicking “No” will start a whole other ball rolling. Just. Delete. The. E-mail.
By the way, I have on previous occasions clicked their “click here to block all emails from Tagged Inc.” link and it definitely has not worked. The e-mails kept on coming. The only link which ever produced a confirmation message at their site was one I finally noticed today. The URL is buried in the headers of the e-mails and appears to be a truncated version of the URL at the bottom of the e-mails. When I went that that link, I received a confirmation screen and I blocked future e-mails. We’ll see how that goes.
What I say here is not new. It’s been covered in detail by major media and well-known software sites. I’m just fed up with receiving these e-mails and want to warn others about the site’s tactics.
Want to learn more about this website? See these links for more information:
- Tagged is Definitely a Spam Site
- eWeek.com — “Harvesting Teenagers”
- www.symantec.com — Spam Meets Web 2.0
- thespamdiaries — Tagged.com – Phishing site
- Avoid Tagged.com like the plague
Be sure to read the comments on those links I’ve given. Treat Tagged.com like it’s a phishing site. Don’t go there, don’t register, don’t enter any personal information.
What if you’ve already given Tagged your e-mail account information? At this point, about all you can do is change your e-mail password. Your contacts have probably been receiving a lot of e-mails from the site, so be prepared for a lot of replies. The best thing you can do is tell them to avoid Tagged and tell them why.