How Web Address Typos Can Lead To Internet Scams | NBC Nightly News

How Web Address Typos Can Lead To Internet Scams | NBC Nightly News


NBCS TOM COSTELLO HAS
EXTENSIVELY COVERED
THE HACKING OF AMERICA EXTENSIVELY COVERED
THE HACKING OF AMERICA
FOR US AND HAS THE THE HACKING OF AMERICA
FOR US AND HAS THE
LATEST ALERT. FOR US AND HAS THE
LATEST ALERT.
>>Reporter: WEVE ALL LATEST ALERT.
>>Reporter: WEVE ALL
DONE IT.>>Reporter: WEVE ALL DONE IT. MISTYPED A WEB ADDRESS DONE IT. MISTYPED A WEB ADDRESS BY JUST A SINGLE MISTYPED A WEB ADDRESS BY JUST A SINGLE LETTER. BY JUST A SINGLE LETTER. NETFLIX WITH AN E LETTER. NETFLIX WITH AN E AFTER THE T, NETFLIX WITH AN E AFTER THE T, SOUTHWESTR INSTEAD OF AFTER THE T, SOUTHWESTR INSTEAD OF SOUTHWEST, GOOGLE WITH SOUTHWESTR INSTEAD OF SOUTHWEST, GOOGLE WITH AN EXTRA E. SOUTHWEST, GOOGLE WITH AN EXTRA E.>>I HAD MISTYPED AN EXTRA E.>>I HAD MISTYPED COSTCO, COSTHOCO.COM.>>I HAD MISTYPED COSTCO, COSTHOCO.COM.>>Reporter: THAT COSTCO, COSTHOCO.COM.>>Reporter: THAT LANDED ALAN STERN ON A>>Reporter: THAT LANDED ALAN STERN ON A WEBSITE THAT LOOKED LANDED ALAN STERN ON A WEBSITE THAT LOOKED LIKE COSTCO WHERE HE WEBSITE THAT LOOKED LIKE COSTCO WHERE HE WAS ASKED TO FILL OUT LIKE COSTCO WHERE HE WAS ASKED TO FILL OUT A SURVEY TO GET A FREE WAS ASKED TO FILL OUT A SURVEY TO GET A FREE BOTTLE OF FACE CREAM A SURVEY TO GET A FREE BOTTLE OF FACE CREAM IF HE PAID FOR BOTTLE OF FACE CREAM IF HE PAID FOR SHIPPING. IF HE PAID FOR SHIPPING.>>I LOOKED AT MY SHIPPING.>>I LOOKED AT MY CREDIT CARD STATEMENT,>>I LOOKED AT MY CREDIT CARD STATEMENT, AND THERES FOUR $98 CREDIT CARD STATEMENT, AND THERES FOUR $98 CHARGES ON MY ACCOUNT. AND THERES FOUR $98 CHARGES ON MY ACCOUNT.>>Reporter: IT WASNT CHARGES ON MY ACCOUNT.>>Reporter: IT WASNT UNTIL HE CALLED COSTCO>>Reporter: IT WASNT UNTIL HE CALLED COSTCO TO COMPLAIN WHEN HE UNTIL HE CALLED COSTCO TO COMPLAIN WHEN HE LEARNED IT WASNT TO COMPLAIN WHEN HE LEARNED IT WASNT THEIR WEBSITE THAT LEARNED IT WASNT THEIR WEBSITE THAT TOOK HIS MONEY. THEIR WEBSITE THAT TOOK HIS MONEY. RUN BY OVERSEAS TOOK HIS MONEY. RUN BY OVERSEAS CRIMINALS JUST WAITING RUN BY OVERSEAS CRIMINALS JUST WAITING FOR OUR TYPOS. CRIMINALS JUST WAITING FOR OUR TYPOS.>>THEY LOOK FOR A FOR OUR TYPOS.>>THEY LOOK FOR A MAJOR BRAND NAME.>>THEY LOOK FOR A MAJOR BRAND NAME. A WEBSITE ADDRESS THAT MAJOR BRAND NAME. A WEBSITE ADDRESS THAT YOU NORMALLY VISIT AND A WEBSITE ADDRESS THAT YOU NORMALLY VISIT AND THEY ADD A LETTER, YOU NORMALLY VISIT AND THEY ADD A LETTER, REMOVE A LETTER, MAYBE THEY ADD A LETTER, REMOVE A LETTER, MAYBE CHOOSE TWO THAT ARE REMOVE A LETTER, MAYBE CHOOSE TWO THAT ARE REALLY SIMILAR ON THE CHOOSE TWO THAT ARE REALLY SIMILAR ON THE KEYBOARD. REALLY SIMILAR ON THE KEYBOARD.>>Reporter: THE KEYBOARD.>>Reporter: THE VICTIMS, YOU AND ME,>>Reporter: THE VICTIMS, YOU AND ME, ARE OFTEN CONVINCED TO VICTIMS, YOU AND ME, ARE OFTEN CONVINCED TO TYPE IN OUR PERSONAL ARE OFTEN CONVINCED TO TYPE IN OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, MAYBE TYPE IN OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, MAYBE CLICK ON A LINK THAT INFORMATION, MAYBE CLICK ON A LINK THAT INFECTS OUR COMPUTER, CLICK ON A LINK THAT INFECTS OUR COMPUTER, EVEN FACED WITH A INFECTS OUR COMPUTER, EVEN FACED WITH A WARNING THAT ITS EVEN FACED WITH A WARNING THAT ITS ALREADY BEEN INFECTED WARNING THAT ITS ALREADY BEEN INFECTED AND WE NEED TO UPDATE ALREADY BEEN INFECTED AND WE NEED TO UPDATE THE SECURITY SOFTWARE. AND WE NEED TO UPDATE THE SECURITY SOFTWARE. ALL OF IT A SCAM. THE SECURITY SOFTWARE. ALL OF IT A SCAM.>>THIS IS ACTUALLY ALL OF IT A SCAM.>>THIS IS ACTUALLY TOTALLY FAKE.>>THIS IS ACTUALLY TOTALLY FAKE.>>Reporter: THIS IS TOTALLY FAKE.>>Reporter: THIS IS NOT LEGIT.>>Reporter: THIS IS NOT LEGIT. WE FOUND A LONG LIST NOT LEGIT. WE FOUND A LONG LIST OF WEBSITES REGISTERED WE FOUND A LONG LIST OF WEBSITES REGISTERED IN RUSSIA, GERMANY AND OF WEBSITES REGISTERED IN RUSSIA, GERMANY AND EVEN IN THE U.S. IN RUSSIA, GERMANY AND EVEN IN THE U.S.>>IT ISNT BIG OR EVEN IN THE U.S.>>IT ISNT BIG OR CLEVER, BUT ITS>>IT ISNT BIG OR CLEVER, BUT ITS EFFECTIVE. CLEVER, BUT ITS EFFECTIVE.>>Reporter: TO EFFECTIVE.>>Reporter: TO PROTECT THEIR WEBSITES>>Reporter: TO PROTECT THEIR WEBSITES COMPANIES PROTECT THE PROTECT THEIR WEBSITES COMPANIES PROTECT THE SPELLING OF THEIR COMPANIES PROTECT THE SPELLING OF THEIR WEBSITES. SPELLING OF THEIR WEBSITES. BUT THAT LITTLE WEBSITES. BUT THAT LITTLE PADLOCK IS NO BUT THAT LITTLE PADLOCK IS NO GUARANTEE THE WEBSITE PADLOCK IS NO GUARANTEE THE WEBSITE IS LEGIT.

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