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What free mug shot searches are scams?

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As of March 2015, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the free mug shot search websites are scams, as searching for a mug shot typically brings up the correct one. However, many search services offer mug shot removal, and some of those services are scams.

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What free mug shot searches are scams?
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When searching for someone's mug shot, there are several services that work well, such as The Prison Handbook. This site shows a person's mug shot for free according to the state in which he was arrested. However, several services that claim to delete mug shots off search engines are scams. The most prominent scams include Volusia Mug Shots and Mugshots.com.

The scams ask offenders if they want to remove the listing from the Google search page. If the offender clicks on the link offering removal, the link directs the offender to a form that asks for credit card information. Offenders who pay to have the listing removed may pay up to $600, though the listing may still remain. Since the FBI consistently releases mug shots to the public, the false websites have easy access to the images, and many offenders who want to clean up their online reputation have fallen for these scams.

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