MyLife.com is a familiar name to many people, due to their extensive television advertising. My Life is a website that claims to be able to connect you with past friends and acquaintances, and also to let you know who is searching for you online.
MyLife often claims that it will let you know who is searching for you “for free.” Technically, this is true. Once you enter your name into their site, it will give you information like “5 Men and 11 Women are searching for you” including one more specific example, such as, “A 32 year old woman who lives in Anytown, USA and attended American University is looking for you.”
However, to get the specific names and details of those that are searching for you – or the details of the people you are searching for – you must become a paid member of the site.
What Do I Get as a Paid Member of MyLife?
Generally as a paid member of MyLife.com you get a big headache. The complaints about this company are all over the internet, and the accusations being made are fairly serious. They include, but are not limited to:
- MyLife provides search results that are inaccurate and sometimes even made up, just to entice you to become a member.
- MyLife “hacks” your email account and spams your contact list with invitations from you to join MyLife.com.
- MyLife asks you to authorize your credit card to be charged a certain amount, but then charges you far more and more often than they said.
The first claim charges that My Life provides you with a glimpse of people that are looking for you to entice you to become a paid member. After you do become a paid member, however, you receive a list of names that you are completely unfamiliar with. Angry customers say this is because MyLife is making up the list of people who are searching for you.
One customer was so convinced of this, he entered his name as gibberish, similar to “sfg shgshdhsg,” and was informed that seven people were searching for him.
Finally, the Terms and Conditions policy states that when you sign up for their services, you are also signed up for the services of third party institutions, though these third parties and the cost of their services are not listed. In addition, the Terms claim that only some of the website’s functions are considered free with membership, while others incur additional fees. However, nowhere on their website do they explain which functions are included and which cost extra.
This is why customers have experienced signing up for membership on one day, and sometimes within 24 hours their credit card has been charged with over $60 of extra fees. Other customers say they expected to pay a low amount for their monthly membership and ended up with almost $200 in charges after the month subscription was up.
All these claims and more have been outlined in a class action lawsuit currently filed in the state of California against MyLife.com. If you are looking for a way to reconnect with former co-workers and classmates, you should probably stick to the more established search engines and social networking sites.