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Tagged asked users for their email username and password, retrieved email addresses from their address books, and repeatedly sent email invitations to people who were not registered on Tagged, falsely stating that they have been "added as a friend" or that the inviter had sent them photos on Tagged.
This process has been labelled an "e-mail scam" by consumer anti-fraud advocates Simultaneously, Tagged settled an enforcement action by the state of Texas, agreeing to pay 0,000 in penalties and fees.
However, the security measures are not entirely successful.
Virtual gifts are bought with "gold" which users buy with actual money or receive by completing special offers or tasks.
The 32-year-old teacher, who was not listed on either state or national sex offender websites, had over 100 female friends below the age of 17.
In December 2009 New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that Tagged and 13 other social networking sites agreed to remove registered sex offenders under the New York Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act.
Other past games on Tagged included Zynga games such as Mafia Wars & Poker and Crowdstar's Happy Aquarium. Users over 16 and the public cannot view the profiles of 13- and 14-year-olds, and profiles for 15- and 16-year-olds are private to the public and to users over 18.
The only way to add teens as friends is by knowing the email address or surnames to request the friendship, and the younger user must accept the friendship request.