Call Don’t Click Update: Appendix B – Source Code of the Redirects at misleading domains

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This appendix contains selected source code that resides within the framed templates of some of the misspelled domains and discusses how it operates.

Keywords and Process for Imposter Sites: Example #1

DomainSponsor pages are redirecting traffic with the key words “free credit report online.” Note the keywords bolded in red below from the source code of the page annualcresitreport.com. The relevance of the keywords is that their appearance in this code signals that someone paid for these keywords to lead to a specific domain. These keywords below were directed to Information.com, then to Google.com, then finally went to ConsumerInfo.com.

The deduction is that ConsumerInfo.com, an Experian company, or some other company, paid to send consumers who type in these keywords to their ConsumerInfo.com site, a for -pay credit report site.

For information directly from DomainSponsor about how its pay per click model works, check its FAQ at <http://www.domainsponsor.com/faq.html>.

<script language=”Javascript” src=”http://landing.domainsponsor.com/scripts/flex.php?doma inname=annualcresitreport.com&a_id=565&num=6&option=javascr ipt&module=oneclick&position=main_popular&keywords=free+cre dit+report+online&offensiveness=0&srch=110910183180260225&s ub1=”>

</script>

Ideally, the free credit report online keywords should lead consumers to the federally mandated free credit report site, annualcreditreport.com.

Example #2: Ad campaign for Free Credit Report

In another example, the imposter site annualcreditroport.com is sending people forward tagged with the keywords or search terms free credit report. Looking within the frame, the source code reads:

<script language=”Javascript” src=”http://landing.domainsponsor.com/scripts/flex.php?doma inname=annualcreditroport.com&a_id=583&num=6&option=javascr ipt&module=oneclick&position=main_popular&keywords=free+cre dit+report&offensiveness=0&srch=11091086221563765040&sub1=” >

</script>

Again, the terms free credit report should ideally lead consumers to the annualcreditreport.com site if these keywords have been purchased by a credit bureau.

Example #3: Deceptive coding of domain referrer

In a third example, if a consumer types in the domain <annuolcreditreport.com>

He or she will be redirected to this Web address:

http://apps5.oingo.com/apps/domainpark/domainpark.cgi?cid=SPOR8573&s=www.annualcreditrecord.com.

This URL change from the domain annuolcreditreport.com to a domain with the word “domainpark” in it is a sure sign that the consumer has landed on a parked domain or a “pay per click” scheme. This site did not hide its source code in a frame, and evidently found a way to give its domain more credibility, as it has a direct advertising relationship with Google.

This is important because it appears that Experian or another company has taken out a Google online ad campaign to bring consumers to an apparent Experian commercial site called “Free Credit Report in Seconds.com” via Qspace, a domain hosted on Experian name servers.

The code below states that the domain consumers are coming from is annualcreditrecord.com. This is actually not the domain consumers typed in, so this is problematic and deceptive. The site should state the actual URL in the code, which is annuolcreditreport.com. This would alert Google, Experian , and other companies that consumers are being misled.

Source code of annuolcreditreport.com:

Note the statements in red. The Googlesyndication code indicates this is a Google ad campaign. The domain name = annualcreditrecord.com in red indicates (falsely) to Google and other domains the site name, and adurl= Free-Credit-Report-in-Seconds.Com indicates the target, or final destination. Presumably, an individual associated with the final destination paid for the advertisement campaign, though this is not always the case.

href=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&amp;ai=Blz9SmagbQpC AFsiesQGb5MxVh8r8CNPq- qEBwI23AeD6IBACGAIgjqmGAigKSME5mAHb24ICqgEjdGVzdF8wNjgrdGVzdF8w MzErdGVzdF8wNDArdGVzdF8wMDSyARZhbm51YWxjcmVkaXRyZWNvcmQuY29t yAEB2gEpaHR0cDovL2FubnVhbGNyZWRpdHJlY29yZC5jb20vLTYyNjAwODg3NW Q&amp;num=2&amp;adurl=http://Free-Credit-Report-in-Seconds.Com/index.php%3Fsrc%3D904&amp;client=ca-dp- sportacle&amp;domain_name=annualcreditrecord.com” target=”_top”>Free Credit Report Online</a><br><span>See Your Credit Report Credit Score or 3 Bureau Report Now!<br></span><a href=”http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&amp;ai=Blz9SmagbQpC AFsiesQGb5MxVh8r8CNPq- qEBwI23AeD6IBACGAIgjqmGAigKSME5mAHb24ICqgEjdGVzdF8wNjgrdGVzdF8w MzErdGVzdF8wNDArdGVzdF8wMDSyARZhbm51YWxjcmVkaXRyZWNvcmQuY29t yAEB2gEpaHR0cDovL2FubnVhbGNyZWRpdHJlY29yZC5jb20vLTYyNjAwODg3NW Q&amp;num=2&amp;adurl=http://Free-Credit-Report-in- Seconds.Com/index.php%3Fsrc%3D904&amp;client=ca-dp- sportacle&amp;domain_name=annualcreditrecord.com” target=”_top”>Free-Credit-Report-in-Seconds.Com</a> </td></tr>

 

 

 

Roadmap: Call Don’t Click Update – Still be smart about ordering federally mandated free credit reports: Appendix B: Source Code of the Redirects at misleading domains

 

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