Beware of Swine Flu Domain Names

April 29, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

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While the Swine Flu outbreak (read Swine Flu Virus 101 for more information) has been all over the news worldwide, just in time before the news blew the center stage, it has been quite alarming as well in the internet world of domain name registration wherein most domain names with “swineflu” on it had been taken massively. In fact, F-secure has compiled a list of these newly registered “swine flu” domains.

Currently, there has been no detected spam site yet but watchful eyes are already on to these lurking opportunists taking advantage of the situation. Black Hat SEO practices could be used behind unhealthy means of getting on top of search engine results as well as taking advantage of people and the current situation by selling fake drugs and all other sorts of evil cyber tactics.

One proof of this came into public as F-Secure declares that there was this website, (see homepage screenshot below including check out page.)

Swine Flu Guide

Swine Flu Guide

Swine Flu Survival Guide Checkout

Swine Flu Survival Guide Checkout

which happens to sell a PDF file (an ebook) entitled “Swine Flu Survival Guide” for $19.95. Why buy this ebook when you can have this information for free from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?

Beware, be in the know and help spread the word!

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  1. Seb Brantigan says:

    I bought a Swine Flu related site and uploaded a blog to it (was removed, long story). I only think of buying these type of websites because they could sell for quite a bit of cash.

  2. Mathdelane says:

    Hello Seb, thanks for the visit. I understand your intention to buy the domain but due to the massive increase of registrants with swine flu related domains, you should expect that “bad” guys might ride the issue and thereby creating schemes that would take advantage of the situation just to make money. I think, the best thing you can do here is to auction your domain, I’m just not sure if it could sell right away but you can still try or may be just come up with some writings about swine flu and have the links pointing to reliable sources just to prove that your domain is not a scam/spam. You mentioned earlier that you tried to install a blog but you said it was quite a long story but whatever that is, you can try coming up with a better blog or site that would not make anyone assume that it was a scam/spam site. So, make your content informative, helpful, and try to link to authoritative sites. I hope that helps. If you still have questions, feel free to contact me.

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