Classmates.com Sued After Guy Realizes His Classmates Weren't Really Looking For Him

from the that-would-be-called-false-advertising dept

You may recall that Classmates.com was a website that first showed up in the 90s, and tried to do what Friendster and Facebook were later able to do. The problem was that Classmates.com's business model was to charge users for many of its features, including actually connecting with and contacting your classmates -- things that more recent social networks have always allowed for free. However, if you ever used Classmates.com for anything, you've probably been spammed with emails for years, each one claiming that your classmates are looking for you, or had recently viewed your profile. Nearly every email sent by the company (and they seem to come about once a week) has some enticing subject line that tries to suggest that something is happening with your profile and you're missing out if you don't upgrade to a premium account.

I've always ignored these emails, figuring that if any of my former high school classmates really wants to contact me, there are plenty of ways to do so that don't require me to pay up -- and naturally assumed that Classmates.com was exaggerating what was happening on the site. Some folks, however, believed the emails and upgraded. And, now, one of those who upgraded his account to see which classmates were trying to contact him, discovered (surprise, surprise) that Classmates.com was lying to him. His classmates weren't trying to contact him via the site, and so he's now suing the company for deceptive advertising, and demanding that the company refund subscription fees for everyone who was similarly duped.

Filed Under: class action, truth in advertising
Companies: classmates.com


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    Shawny, 20 Oct 2009 @ 4:48pm

    First thought is always right

    I just got scammed today. Thank God it was only for 15 dollars. When I signed up for the free membership I too started receiving alot of emails saying someone is looking for me or signed my guestbook. Since I signed others that I knew I believed it was them trying to get in touch with me. My first thought is this is a scam. Who goes on Classmates.com that often for me to receive emails that quickly. I kept telling myself not to do it but I am desperately searching for my best friend in high school so I took the chance.....and lost! Of course, none of the people that signed my guestbook have names that are even vaguely familiar. And, not surprisingly, none of them had pictures or even information up on their profiles. This was so very bogus! I guess if they get enough people like me just dropping 15 dollars they really don't care if it is real or not. I could have eaten breakfast all week at work for $15. Hopefully, there will be some kind of class action suit or something. Count me in!

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