Valley woman can't remove herself from raunchy website

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- It’s a disturbing website that you might find yourself on. The website is pretty raunchy and we want to warn you that some of the material on the site could be considered offensive.

KeYonna Spratley says she's a pretty good person, so when she found out that her name and photograph were published on a website called Jerk.Com, she was hurt.

"I'm a hard-working mom, full-time student and mother," Spratley said. "I know that I'm not a jerk, people that know me know I'm not a jerk, so why am I on this website? I have no idea."

Jerk.com is somewhat of a mysterious website where just about anyone can post personal information like your address, your license plate number and your cell phone number. People can even vote on whether someone is a jerk.

"It's scary. It's really scary," Spratley said. "The Internet can, you know, be helpful, but it's also harmful."

Spratley said she tried to remove herself from the website right away, but they don't make it easy.

"When you try to remove yourself, it just don't let you remove yourself and then when you hit contact us, it's requesting that you pay $25 just to email them," she explained.

When 3 On Your Side tried to email Jerk.Com to discuss the website, our email didn't go through unless we paid the $25.

"I feel like I'm being bullied," Spratley said. "We already have a lot of problems with kids in our schools being bullied, now we have to deal with being bullied on the Internet, too? It's really sad."

Ken Colburn is a computer expert who owns Data Doctors. He says these types of hurtful websites are common, unfortunately.

"It's obviously some kind of scammy kind of website that's out there just trying to scare people into paying them to remove their information," Colburn said, explaining that it's easy for Jerk.Com, and anyone for that matter, to pull pictures and other information from the World Wide Web and use it for unscrupulous reasons. Colburn says if that bothers you, then be careful what you put online.

"Just don't even post it on the Internet," he said. "If you're concerned about anything you're posting, you probably shouldn't put it on the Internet."

Spratley said someone apparently lifted her Facebook pictures and information off the Internet, and put it on Jerk.Com.

Colburn says there's not much she or anyone can do because once you post anything in cyberspace, it’s out there forever.

"Everything you put on the Internet is in Sharpie, and unfortunately with the Internet there is no eraser," Colburn said.

Like it or not, this kind of stuff is legal, so there’s not much you can do about it.