Saturday, May 19, 2007

Madeleine McCann and the cyber-squatters.

This story rolls on in our newspapers and has generated a lot of interest on the internet. An official website has been set up which gives the web surfer the opportunity to donate to a fund which aims to help find Madeleine, assit with the expenses incurred by her family and when this situation is resolved to help other families in similar situations.

Madeleine was abducted on the 3rd May 2007 and the newspapers have run with this story every day. Editors must be having difficulty in keeping this story fresh and today there are reports about cyber-squatters cashing in on this story...

However, more than 20 websites with similar names have been created in the past three days to promote businesses including chat rooms, estate agents and dating sites.

The McCann family has condemned the “typo squatters”, who make money from advertising links on the bogus websites.

...This is very sad and demonstrates the evils of capitalism. The businesses who advertise on these cyber-squatter websites who prey on the web surfers' bad keyboard skills or literacy show no ethics at all. There is a genuine market for all products and services but people should search for these and not be misdirected by unscrupulous businesses. Someone will always make a profit out of a tragedy but this cyber-squatting is below the belt and should be condemmed. People have a right to choose how they spend their money and I hope people abandon the businesses who aim to profit from Madeleine's abduction.
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