Backpage Website Seized, Shut Down by FBI, USPS, IRS, the popular classified ads website, appeared to be offline, posting a message that it had been seized and disabled by the federal government. Visitors to and — known for personal adult ads — were met with a message that stated, " and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division."