Internet technology and marketing

June 8, 2010

Be careful of fraud

Filed under: website content, websites — Tags: , , — webcubic @ 7:17 am

There is a new term “cybersquatting” that applies to a scam.  The scam is when someone  uses the domain name of a familiar company and launches a copycat site to deceive online shoppers.  Not exactly the same domain name but one that is very similar.

Common characteristics of such sites

  • You should carefully inspect the domain name.  Assume that even a very slight change from the company’s name and normal website indicates an attempted scam. That includes extra words, such as TiffanyonSale or SterlingTiffany and anything but the usual .com or .org ending.
  • Customer service telephone numbers are normally bogus and others connect to fax machines so you can’t reach anyone.  Avoid any website that has no posted phone number.
  • Check out the domain name to make sure the right company owns it.  You can do a “whois”. Take a look at the suffix.  If the name sounds right but it uses the suffix of a foreign country it may be a scam.

Be careful that you don’t become a victim of a scam.  Not every bargain is a bargain.

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2 Comments »

  1. If you use gmail for e-mail, you will get less junk mail and therefore be less likely to become a victim of this plague.

    Comment by Aqua — June 16, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  2. I get almost zero spam or fraud through Gmail. I “suck” in my earthlink email into gmail – and therefore get almost no spam.

    Comment by GW — July 9, 2010 @ 11:18 pm


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