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|Typosquatters Fined For Misleading Consumers|
| 4:16 pm on Feb 16, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Typosquatters Fined For Misleading Consumers [bbc.co.uk]
|Two companies running premium-rate phone competitions on "typosquatted" sites have been fined £100,000. |
|Consumers visiting the typosquatted pages, which resembled well-known websites, were invited to take part in competitions. |
|In the competitions, the regulator said, participants were given the impression that entering contact details and answering a few questions were all that would be required to win a prize. |
However, participants began to receive text messages asking them quiz or survey questions, with each message costing £1.50 to receive and a further £1.50 to answer.
PhonepayPlus said one victim was charged £63 after using a site based on YouTube.
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