Call Don’t Click Update: Discussion – How the Owners of the Misspelled Domains are Making Money on Consumers

As discussed previously, the imposter domains fall into two broad categories: the imposters are either “SSN grabbers” or they are “link farms.” The SSN grabbers comprise a minority of the imposter domains. These domains make money by collecting consumer information and sharing it with others for a fee or for barter.

Call Don’t Click Update: Discussion – Pay Per Click and other Companies Involved in Imposter Domains

Many of the imposter domains are link farms registered to or connected in some way with pay-per-click advertisers or Web hosting companies. Pay-per-click and domain hosting companies specialize in creating hundreds and sometimes thousands of domains for the primary purpose of making money from consumer clicks from links or ads associated with affiliate marketers.

Call Don’t Click Update: Discussion – Imposter Domains That Are Online and Active

During the research period ending June 30 2005, Researchers uncovered 233 total imposter domains, 112 of which at the time of research were online and were actively engaging consumers in a way that was either fraudulent, confusing, or deceptive.

Call Don’t Click Update: Discussion – Search Engine Results and

Many consumers rely on search engines to look for and find Web sites they want to visit. Consumers who remember that they want to find “” may very well go to,,, or a variety of other search engines and type in search phrases such as annual credit report or annualcreditreport or, among others.