Is This Website Exposing Your Personal Data?



When Dawn Froehle googled her name, MyLife.com popped up first, before Facebook and LinkedIn.

“Oh my gosh, so it’s showing I have criminal and civil court records. Lawsuits, liens, bankruptcies. I’ve never even had a speeding ticket,” Froehle said.

Froehle isn’t the only one. Erik Bingham, who works for Fox 13, said MyLife.com is saying the same about him.

“It shows right here criminal or civil court records found on my background report,” he said.

Both Froehle and Bingham said they don’t have a criminal record whatsoever.

If you click to learn more, the site allegedly starts scanning the internet.

“My heart right now is just beating so fast,” Froehle said.

“It’s a little nerve-wracking especially when this pops up. Attention all in red, graphic content and sensitive details,” Bingham said.

After several minutes it asks you to pay, so we did. It turns out Bingham’s criminal record was a speeding ticket from more than five years ago.

Bingham says he would never consider a speeding ticket a criminal offense.

“That’s completely deceptive,” Bingham said.

In order to look at your background report, MyLife charges $4.95 a month but makes you pay for 12 months up front. You can also pay $1 for a 7-day trial, but if you don’t cancel during the trial period, the site will start charging your credit card $22.95 a month.

MyLife has other inaccuracies.

“That picture just makes me sick to my stomach,” Froehle said.

Froehle’s profile picture is a photo of her youngest daughter.

“Why is her picture? She was two or three there. That’s scary. That is not me. That’s my baby. No. Where’d they get this photo from?” Froehle said.

X-Mission founder, Pete Ashdown said the internet is saturated with illegitimate sites, but he wondered how MyLife.com showed up so high in Google’s ranking system.

“It`s obviously being manipulated by somebody and so they found a way around Google’s page rank algorithm,” Ashdown said.

When FOX 13 reached out to Google, a spokesperson provided a statement that reads, “our goal is always to provide relevant results for the billions of queries we get every day. Our systems are not always perfect, and we continually work to improve and deliver results that people find helpful.”

“It makes it look serious and legitimate and I think that’s what`s scary. I’m wondering how they get away with it,” Froehle said.

MyLife has faced multiple lawsuits since its inception in 2002. Founder Jeffrey Tinsley initially named his website reunion.com. In 2008, the site now known as classmates.com faced a class action lawsuit accusing the company of false advertising and deceptive marketing. Tinsley settled, paying $9.5 million. Then again in 2011, the site now known as MyLife.com faced another class action suit claiming they were using similar tactics under a new name, but that suit was later dismissed.

“Fraud has been around since the dawn of commerce so I wouldn’t say the internet invented it. It certainly has made it easier,” Ashdown said.

FOX 13 reached out to MyLife.com several times and never heard back.

However, if you want to get your information removed, you can call the toll-free number, 1-888-704-1900. All you have to do is ask the site to remove your name, but if you ask where the false information comes from, you’ll hear a script like this:

“Our service MyLife.com uses a special technology for the internet finding those sites that have your information. Hundreds of millions of records including credit cards, bank account numbers, and passwords are stolen all the time in data breaches. That’s why,” said a MyLife.com call center employee after Froehle asked where the information came from.

While getting your name removed from the site is relatively easy, some would argue, in a world where googling is almost second nature, the damage has already been done.

“This could ruin somebody’s life if somebody took it seriously,” Froehle said.

“That’s all it would take to decide between me and someone else is this little red alert thing,” Bingham said.

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7 thoughts on “Is This Website Exposing Your Personal Data?”

  1. Bella says:

    I saw this spot last night here in Denver. I called the number & was told I could not have it removed unless I subscribe ($$$) I argued & said the information is FALSE .. I want it removed .. hung up on me!

  2. Liam Dawson says:

    okay.. they have some false information about people, but when I searched up some of the people I know I found accurate information, all the way down to one's exact address. It's annoying to have false information about you but it's another thing to have real private information that is correct about you.

  3. Aretha Rambo says:

    I was Gang Stalked on MyLife.com. I had 23 slander my name including 19 of my neighbors and total strangers claiming to be related to me. My birthday and address was put up on the site and I am a survivor of domestic violence and relocated to get away from my abuser. This site is used for Gang Stalking to keep the Targeted Individual down. I am not suicidal nor do I wish to harm or kill anyone. I think this site should not exist.

  4. espada9 says:

    MyLife is a scam, they charge you and don't turn off the stop billing!

  5. Cynthia Hamil says:

    Best Advice, tell them if they do NOT remove your information within 24 hours – that you will contact your attorney to begin a CLASS ACION LAW SUIT – on their EXTORTION PLOT!  

    They are EXTORTING your money to pay to have information removed.  
    Don't play their game!  

    OMGosh – 
    I looked on my report and it had me listed with 20 different relatives that are not even my relatives! They have bogus information, mixed with correct information – such as your age and name — and often your photos from Facebook.

    They are using photos from Facebook —
    Are they in cahoots with FACEBOOK?

    —————–

    This company was previously @t – which was sued in 2008.
    They closed the original company — changed the company name to @t – and reopened this Extortion Plot – in 2009. Same Extortion Plot — you pay money to find people's bogus information linked with the reputation chart.

  6. Lora Stephanie says:

    LORODVADAR on telegram is the best hacker ever he just helped me out with clearing my criminal records.

  7. Izuku Midoryia says:

    I wonder why the FBI never took it down

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