The New Gold Rush Online
Sale of Mugshots, Background People Search,
Online Reputation Management [ORM]
scamFRAUDalert believe individual’s PUBLIC RECORDS are not COMMUNITY PROPERTY of the internet nor are they the property of anyone who can quantify such information and make them accessible to the public via the internet.
They are the PRIVATE PROPERTY of INDIVIDUALS who may have had run in with the law enforcement and MUST remain PRIVATE.
Unless such information are sought by LOCAL, STATE, FEDERAL officials or some LEGAL ENTITY for legitimate purposes, these RECORDS in the PUBLIC domain are PRIVATE and not a PUBLIC COMMODITY FOR EXTORTION’S PURPOSES.
The operators of the websites had set up a mouse trap by advertising on craigslist.org for lonely men looking to hookup with females for some rendezvous by responding to craigslist’s personal ad section “women seeking men.”
The operator and his co-conspirators uploaded thousands of photos they had obtained from men showing their penis or behaving indecent in chats with someone who they thought were females some of who clearly stated they were minor.
The operators begun sending out email to these men informing them they were listed on potential predator which name quickly change to predatorswatch.com.
For a fee of $99 – $499, the site operators told these men they could have their indecent mugshot, chat or insane photos removed. This is clearly a practice of extortion in our opinion. This is a proliferating threat to the internet and privacy.
- Forbes – The Dark Side of Reputation Management
- The Hot New Internet Business ~ Miami Herald
- Mugshots Lawsuit
- WhoIs Mugshots.com ~ BustedMugshots.com (scamfraudalert.org)
- WIRED ~ Mug-Shot Industry Will Dig Up Your Past, Charge You to Bury It Again
- Are Mugshot Websites Legal?
- Published mug shots: A constant reminder of one man’s past
- Mugshots Inc: ‘Legalized extortion’ or Constitutional privilege?
- Investigative Report ~ Arrests.org
- Remove Your Tennessee Mugshots From Tennessee.arrests.org (prweb.com)
- Service Sells Access to Fortune 500 Firms
- InternetReputation.com Quickest Mugshot Removal from Arrests.org (prnewswire.com)
- Mug Shot Profiteers ~ Willamette Weekly
- Extortion” Mug Shot Site Operator ~ Williamette Weekly
- The ‘Mugshot Racket’ ~ Citizen Media Law Project