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Five .[domain]s you should ban from your system

Editorial Staff

Spammers and fraudsters love .com addresses but so does the rest of the world. For some time, there have been domain levels that spammers like because they can create names that look legitimate but are using the name of a legitimate, reputable, business and recipients often do not notice what's after the dot or have faith that registrars are checking and only allocating obviously well known names to their usual users. Recent additions to the "top level domain" system have opened up a new world of opportunity. Here are five TLDs that spammers are making use of and which businesses should consider banning from their incoming mail and, even, blocking server traffic to.


If there is such a thing as an oldie but goodie in internet terms, .info is it. Currently a little out of fashion, these things are cyclical so you can expect that it will come back soon. Many genuine businesses have registered .info domains for protection purposes i.e. to prevent third parties using their brand. Very few actually use them for marketing mail although some do use them to host a public website.


A reasonably new top level domain, it has recently begun to appear as the sender of spam on a wide range of topics, suggesting that it is used by a spam mailing house.


For the same reasons as .top


for the same reasons as .top and .link


A current favourite of spammers and fraudsters. The reason seems to be that recipients are intrigued by what xyz might represent. No, it;'s not sex, that's xxx. Nor, so far as the spam that has hit us, is it mail targeted at Generations X, Y and Z.



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