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moike

join:2007-03-31
Atlanta, GA

[Scam] AT&T Third Party Billing Settlement

First of all, the AT&T Third Party Billing Settlement and the web site at »www.attthirdpartybillingsettleme ··· ent.com/ are legitimate.

I was flagged when an elderly acquaintance got a postcard in the mail regarding this settlement and tried to type it into her browser. It seems that she made a typo somewhere and noted that the site crashed her computer.

I wondered about this and tried the first typo that came to mind:

attthridpartybillingsettlement.com (Assume that this site is hostile, don't browse there!). It is privacy cloaked, so I assume it may serve malware.

There may be a story in this:

- Why did the lawyers have to create such a long domain name?
- How many typo-squatters are out there?
- Do any of the typo-squatters serve malware?

Domain Name: attthridpartybillingsettlement.com
Registrar: Name.com LLC

Expiration Date: 2014-05-04 03:06:22
Creation Date: 2013-05-04 03:06:22

Name Servers:
ns1.parkingcrew.net
ns2.parkingcrew.net

REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
Bellevue
WA
98007
US
Phone: +1.4252740657
Fax: +1.4259744730
Email Address: attthridpartybillingsettlement.com@protecteddomainservices.com

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT INFO
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
Bellevue
WA
98007
US
Phone: +1.4252740657
Fax: +1.4259744730
Email Address: attthridpartybillingsettlement.com@protecteddomainservices.com

TECHNICAL CONTACT INFO
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
Bellevue
WA
98007
US
Phone: +1.4252740657
Fax: +1.4259744730
Email Address: attthridpartybillingsettlement.com@protecteddomainservices.com

BILLING CONTACT INFO
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Whois Agent
PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
Bellevue
WA
98007
US
Phone: +1.4252740657
Fax: +1.4259744730
Email Address: attthridpartybillingsettlement.com@protecteddomainservices.com

moike

join:2007-03-31
Atlanta, GA
Based on the same date, here are a list of sites:

attbillingsettlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
atthirdpartybillingsettlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attlandlinethirdpartybillingsettlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartbillingsettlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartybilingsettlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartybillingsetlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartybillingsettelment.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartybillingsettement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartybillingsettlements.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthirdpartybillingsettlment.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05
attthridpartybillingsettlement.com 62.116.143.11 2013-05-05 10:20:05


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reply to moike
Good catch!

said by moike:

- Why did the lawyers have to create such a long domain name?

That's easy, because they get paid by the hour.

said by moike:

- How many typo-squatters are out there?

Don't know for sure but at one point Anthony Morrison from the epic thread in this forum once set up a get rich system from registering typo-squatted domains despite the fact that it's an illegal activity.
Companies such as markmonitor.com offer anti typo-squatting services for the larger brands
Part of protecting against cybersquatting is registering domains that would be logical names that could be abused
"Prevents illicit domain abuse tactics—such as cybersquatting—by using defensive domain registration to block others from exploiting domain names associated with your brand.
»www.markmonitor.com/services/dom ··· ment.php

said by moike:

- Do any of the typo-squatters serve malware?

Absolutely!
These typo-squatting sites are not put in place for any legit reason.
Anything goes, anything that will make them a buck by any method.