Promoted | Fraudulent domain names pose a threat to brands and the community, says the .ZA Domain Name Authority.
Domain-name scams on the rise, ZADNA warnsMany legitimate businesses have been affected by an increasing number of abusive or offensive domain-name registrations. The abusive activities and offensive practices of domain-name scammers can damage a brand’s identity and reputation.
Domain-name scammers are constantly registering domain names aimed at misleading the public. In most cases, the intent is to defraud a potential customer.
In South Africa, an ongoing trend is one where fraudsters impersonate well-known brands by registering a domain name similar to that of an authentic brand.
An example: A scammer creates a website that mimics a particular government department and calls for tender submissions from unsuspecting businesses. The scammer uses government department letterheads to send fake tender documents to potential bidders.