Typo Squatting and spelling errors on domain names can make your shopping experience at Amazon a living hell. A scammer will typically purchase a domain name that resembles that of a major company and install malware or worse yet, steal hundreds of dollars from your bank account. Because of these scammers, Amazon has taken proactive measures to stop possible scams against their customers, they have purchased multiple variations of their domain name – Aqmazon, maxzon, amzon, and many more.
Now there are other names that you can purchase that no one really thought about, they include switching letters with numbers, or combining letters to form a new letter – the reason no one ever though about it until now, is because they are so far out of the way to type, to be a screw up. For example the letter l and I (L and i ) they both look the same in some browsers. Also combining the letter R and N forms the letter M in some browsers. This new type of squatting may not mean anything to you. Especially when you’re not going to make the mistake of typing in RNicrosoft.com on a website, but think about how many people can e-mail you these links or post them on facebook and direct you to a website that looks identical to the real deal? here is an example arnazon.com looks very similar to amazon.com, an unsuspecting victim may not see the difference until you look really closely into the domain name.
Other examples are Google.com and Goog1e.com, or e5pn.com. These fake domain names are going out for thousands of dollars each, RNicrosoft is selling for a little over $4,000 dollars, which is nothing for Microsoft to purchase, especially when they can really get taken advantage of by a group of scammers. Just recently Microsoft took down a large BOT Net with the aid of the US Marshals, they usually sent out e-mails with links to less than reputable sites like PaiPal.com etc, now imagine getting an email to PayPaI.com where the i looks like an L at the end of the address. Now not even looking at the domain name to see if it’s okay is going to work. The only protection you’ll have then is copy and paste the link then paste it into a word document and change the font to something different. [SEDO via Gizmodo]