dot-con - Computer Definition
A scam on the Internet. The Internet offers crooks and zealous marketers a wealth of opportunities to express their creativity. For example, people sell merchandise through online auctions that is not the quality advertised. There are countless products offered via spam, popup ads and ordinary websites that have prices "too good to be true." Be Aware Any site claiming to need your credit card for verification, such as to check your age, is suspect. It might be legitimate, but the real purpose may be to steal your card number. In addition, be wary of any site that asks you to download an application for viewing. It's Easy to Fake a Website Anybody can create a fake website using pages from a legitimate website. The Web browser makes it a snap to copy pages from any site, which means the most official looking site can be a dot-con. One way to tell is to look at the URL address. For example, if the page is supposedly coming from HP, but instead of www.hp.com in the address field, the URL is something else, beware! Read the Fine Print No different than receiving junk mail from the post office, read the fine print carefully on any Web page offering you a deal that sounds extraordinary. See Web cramming.