Tagged.com Email Scam - "Your Friend Tagged You" - Phishing for Your Identity
Phishing - The Tagged.com Email ScamYou may have received an email like the one below that looks very authentic, like it came from a friend of yours, via Tagged.com. This email was not sent by your friend or any real acquaintance. It is a scam BY Tagged.com to phish for more people to sign up on Tagged.com
"Cathy Tagged You!"
If you receive an email similar to the one below, DO NOT click on the link, and do not enter any information on the forms there.
When you enter the information they ask for, you will simply be handing the spammers the keys to your email accounts. That is how this type of phishing works. Other blogs have reported that Tagged Inc. scoops up your personal email addresses by manipulating the you, unsuspecting user, into entering your Google account information - something you should never, ever do. Invitation messages are then sent to everyone in your contact list are sent without the possibility of you choosing which “friends” you want to “tag”.
Remember, there's risk in giving your personal details, even just your email address to social network websites". And no reputable business would send you an email requesting your personal account information for its own or any other service. Any such email you receive asking for this information should be considered phony and brought to the attention of the business being 'phished'.
Anytime you need to go to a website for your bank, credit card companies or other personal, financial or confidential information; do not follow a link in an email; just type their address in your browser directly
Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in 2007. We have put a warning over the links to the phisher's website.
Who is Tagged.com?IP’s of the Tagged’d servers.
The registered owner is “Tagged, LLC”
Address is a PO box in San Francisco.
Tagged.com is a social networking site. During registration, they ask applicants to supply an
The emails sent by Tagged.com often claim that the recipients have been "added as a friend," "sent photos" or "sent a private message" on Tagged.
I clicked on the link and entered information, What will happen now?You'll probably get a LOT more spam and other junk email. Anyone in your address book of the email account your supplied to Tagged may receive email messages from Tagged, without your knowledge.
What can I do about it?Write back to the person who is referenced in the Tagged.com email (but write to them directly, not through Tagged.com) and tell them what happened. Ask them to cancel their Tagged.com account and complain to Tagged.com.
You may want to complain to:
- the U.S. government's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at Internet Fraud Complaints Center.
- your state's attorney general's office. See this page to find your state's office.
They may change hosts often, so the best way to find out who is hosting Tagged.com is to go to http://whois.domaintools.com/tagged.com
I got one of these Tagged E-Mails today and I decided to look up "Tagged@taggedmail.com". And boy am I glad I did!:O I wasn't going to click on anything in the e-mail for sure. But, I was thinking that it was just plain old Spam. Till I looked it up! It looks like it is a Phishing Scam too!!! I always Forward Suspected Phishing Scam E-Mails to the US Government. So, at least they can add them to their Data Base and hopefully go after the worst offenders... Here are the US Government e-mail addresses that you can forward Suspected Phishing and Scam E-mails too... email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a Screen Shot of the E-mail I got from Tagged@taggedmail.com today...
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