Feb 19th, 2009 by Richard
I saw a TV commercial earlier this week for Debt.com and I thought “hey great use of a generic, the guys behind that company really GET IT!”
Even though their pitch of “getting into debt was not your fault” is laughable, it still looked like someone was going to get lots of TRUST from visitors and TV watchers with this great generic domain.
Or maybe not.
After digging into the site a little deeper, red flags are going off.
[NOTE: The links above are the real links displayed on debt.com]
The McAfee logo shows the site was last scanned on 31-JAN
Normally you pay Verisign, Truste and McAfee an annual fee and they certify your site with their respective services and give you a verification link to display on your site.
The verification links normally go to pages with your company name and domain name like these samples for care.com and netgear.com:
But in the case of Debt.com there are no links to verification pages.
And a check with McAfee and Truste shows that Debt.com has no such certification with either organisation. I guess that explains why there are no links to the verification pages!
I suspect that the McAfee and Truste people are not going to be too thrilled to see their logos displayed on a site that really isn’t certified by them, either.
PS. The Verisign ssl certificate does validate - yippee.