This is less of a question than it is a warning about what many
believe is malware or a scam, but is more closely related to simply
super-aggressive and perhaps deceitful attempts to hook you in to some
kind of social network.
No, no one sent you pictures on Tagged, and contrary to the “they
may think you said no” guilt-trip, it’s more likely that they had no
idea that the email was sent in their name.
And likely without their knowledge (though whether or not it was
with their “permission” is one for the lawyers to figure out).
And yes, as I understand it, lawyers have become involved.
In my opinion, you just shouldn’t go there. Just … don’t. I treat all email from Tagged as spam.
Here’s what probably happens…
Like you, your friends receive an email from friends of theirs, like the invitation above. Wanting to see the pictures (of which there are none, but they don’t know that yet), or not wanting their friends to “think you said no”, they click the link.
First, they have to register.
Somewhere along the way, they’re invited to share their email account on another service, like Hotmail, Yahoo or others. Perhaps even supplying a password.
That’s when the fun begins.
Apparently, Tagged goes out to that account, logs in as you, reads your address book…
…and sends email to all your contacts telling them you’ve sent them photos on Tagged.
Which, of course, you never did.
It’s actually possible that if you register for Tagged (so you can see your friends photos – you know, the ones that don’t exist)), in the fine print of the terms of usage that you sign up for you’ve actually given Tagged permission to do exactly this.
So, is it illegal? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll let the lawyers argue it out.
Is it malicious? Well, it doesn’t attempt to install malware, or misrepresent much of anything other than your friend having photos when they do not, so – maybe, maybe not.
Is it slimy and annoying and spammy?
Don’t fall for it.
The real lesson here is to always view these kinds of invitations as suspect. If there’s anything that seems suspicious about it, ask your friend directly before acting on the invitation. Tagged is not the first to attempt this, nor will they be the last. Make sure that the site is reputable, legitimate and that you’re also not actually dealing with a phishing attempt.
Technically Tagged is neither spam nor phishing, and might even be legitimate, but in my opinion it certainly fails the “reputable” test.