“Mugshot Monday” Offers Additional Reputation Threats
Themed Internet post days such as “Caturday” are nothing new. If you get arrested, however, you may find yourself on the end of a particularly harmful trend that online news sites seem to be embracing.
“Mugshot Mondays” place mug shot photos on the internet almost as soon as an arrest is completed. If you’ve been arrested then your photo might appear on one of these sites even before it appears on a mugshot website.
News outlets are notorious for not wanting to take “archived” content off of the internet, as well. They will print follow-ups if you provide information which says you’ve been found not guilty, and many will print disclaimers on the mugshots which say that an arrest does not constitute evidence of guilt. And it doesn’t—even after arrested you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
However, these disclaimers alone won’t necessarily help you manage your reputation. News sites typically appear at the top of the Google Search results under Google News, and many people won’t read past your headline and photograph.
In addition, “Mugshot Mondays” put your image out there that much faster. The mugshot websites won’t have to reach out to police departments to get your likeness if you are swept up in one of these “reports.” They can just scrape them from the Mugshot Monday post.
In addition, news sites aren’t bound by the publicity laws that some people are using to target mugshot websites.
However, you aren’t helpless if a news site targets you in a “Mugshot Monday” round-up. News sites may be reluctant to remove content, but some can be convinced to do so. Usually you will need help from a company to make this happen, however, as news sites will rarely work with individuals. Those news sites that are reluctant to remove the content can sometimes be convinced to de-index that content so that Google stops picking up on it.
Mugshot websites can then be handled as normal, no matter where they got the content from. Again, however, you will need help if you don’t want to get caught up in their extortion racket. Remember, most of these website owners believe that you deserve to have your reputation ruined!
An arrest shouldn’t be the end of your world. It shouldn’t follow you for the rest of your life, especially if you are innocent. If you’re caught up in a Mugshot Monday round-up you should reach out and get help right away.
Mug Shot Websites Linked to Identity Theft Scams
Trying to get your own photo removed from a mug shot website may be a worse idea than ever. The FBI has warned that doing so may leave you at risk for identity theft.
That is because many of these sites ask for a lot more than money. Many of them also ask for driver’s license copies and court documents. Each of these documents can contain more than enough information to help someone unscrupulous unravel your whole identity.
Though the FBI has not mentioned specific cases of identity theft or specific mug shot websites that have been involved with stealing identities, one can certainly conjecture that all of these complaints didn’t arise in a vacuum.
The FBI also mentioned another facet of mug shot websites that is worth addressing. Some of them are releasing mug shots that came from juvenile arrests. This means people whose records were supposed to have been sealed are getting their childhood problems splashed all over the Internet. There are reasons why juvenile records are sealed, but mug shot websites don’t respect them.
The FBI has also revealed that some mug shot websites are even going so far as to Photoshop perfectly innocent people, to make it look like they’ve been arrested.
This means that nobody is safe. Protecting yourself from these websites requires constant vigilance. If you’ve ever published a picture of yourself online that picture could be taken and misappropriated. It’s important to keep Googling yourself to ensure that the likeness isn’t being abused.
Most sites ask for the same information before agreeing to remove content, but only if the person making the removal request is the victim. That’s because these sites are often quite hostile to victims and are intent on making them give up anything they can. Some of these site owners believe the victims “deserve” the abuse that’s being dished out. And it would be hard to tell which sites are trying to genuinely make you “prove your innocence” and which are trying to gather more information on you so they can victimize you further with identity theft.
You need an advocate—someone who can go to these sites and get them to take down the offending content without forcing you to reveal any of your personal information, without paying fees, and without exposing yourself to the rude treatment of these unscrupulous website owners.
InternetReputation.com can help you get this content removed, often in 24 to 72 hours, protecting both your reputation and your identity.
Revolving Door Extortion: Mug Shot Websites
There’s one very good reason why you should not pay to remove mug shots from mug shot websites on your own. It’s the “revolving door phenomenon.”
What is the revolving door phenomenon? It works like this. You pay one site an exorbitant fee to get your mug shot removed. For a few weeks, all seems to be well. You pull up your results on Google and that mug shot is finally nowhere to be found.
Then, one day, someone calls you up to ask about your mug shot. A new site has posted your mug shot! You stare in dismay as you realize you are looking at yet another exorbitant fee.
Resigned, you pay the fee again. And again. And again. One day, you hope, you’ll pay the fee enough to put your arrest to rest at last.
Sometimes, the photo even reappears on the same site. The bottom feeders don’t often say, “Whoops, sorry, you paid us to remove that already.” They usually demand that you pay the fee again. You may receive nearly identical phone calls from identical sites with nearly identical offers, causing you to wonder if they’re all owned by the same people.
Why not? You now look like the perfect target for this extortion scheme. A willing target who is capable of coming up with the money and who is desperate to see the offending photograph removed.
Paying a mug shot removal website only really attacks the symptoms of your problem. It doesn’t get at the roots of the problem, so you never get permanent relief. Keep in mind that these are not hard working website owners who painstakingly dig up these records. Instead, they typically “scrape” the content from law enforcement databases. Unless you can get the mug shot removed right at the source you will spin your wheels forever and ever.
Getting your arrest records completely removed from the Internet is easier said than done, however, if you try it on your own. But that’s where mugshotremoval company comes in.
mugshotremovalcompany has the resources to help you get your mug shots removed from the Internet for good. You can also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that someone is out there building a positive web presence on your behalf, ensuring that you won’t have to worry about who you appear to be online. That means you can stop playing into the hands of the people who are hurting you and get your life back once and for all.
Know Your State Mug Shot Laws
Have you spotted an embarrassing photo from your past on a mug shot website lately? Knowing your state’s laws regarding the use of mug shots is often very helpful if you are trying to get those mug shots removed.
Why is it important to know the law?
Every commercial mug shot website pulls their information from just one source: the facility where you were booked. If you can show that the mug shot websites are using your likeness in a way that already violates state access laws or police department policies then you give yourself a lot of ammunition. You may even get the police to remove the photo from the source. And the law will be on your side as you try to address the matter with individual websites.
Where can I find a copy of my state’s mug shot laws?
The Reporter’s Committee for the Freedom of the Press has compiled a comprehensive document covering access laws for each state. While the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press doesn’t share your objectives (they are talking about how to get the information, not how to suppress it) they still list the laws for all 50 states, and that law can be useful to you.
For example, while mug shots are a matter of public record in Hawaii, they are protected from disclosure one year after the arrest, unless you were convicted or unless they are still part of a pending investigation. This is incredibly useful information if you were arrested and acquitted, say, back in 1992. You can contact the booking agency to ask them why your mug shot has been released to the public, and you can contact the sites with copies of the law to let them know they are using the mug shot illegally.
In an ideal world, you’d never have to pay a dime to remove this information if the law is on your side. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.
Get Help if You Need It
Mug shot websites are already run by the types of people who don’t mind exploiting others for hundreds of thousands of dollars. That means these sites often feel comfortable ignoring the law, or ignoring or discounting websites that prove that you were innocent. Some websites even go so far as to claim that they will never remove any mug shot for any reason.
If you run into one of these scenarios you need to turn to the experts. The world of these websites can be convoluted and frustrating. Sometimes it’s just more time-and-cost effective to turn to the people who deal with these sites on a daily basis.
You could, for example, turn to InternetReputation.com’s quick and easy mug shot removal tool. This is an affordable way to eliminate all of your mug shots from every website with one click, and to get results in as little as 72 hours. Once you do, you can get on with your life instead of being embarrassed over that misunderstanding back in 1992!