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When Was A Website Created

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Scams on the internet are EXTREMELY common.
If I had a 100% accurate algorithm for identifying scam websites, I would patent it and become a billionaire.
Not a mere millionaire, but an outright billionaire many times over.
In saying I would be a billionaire many times over, I do not mean that in the way that politicians use hyperbolic language.
I literally mean I would be a billionaire many times over.
Sadly, I have no such absolutely perfectly accurate algorithm and neither does anyone else.
If you have watched enough cable news, you may have seen advertisements for The Willow Curve.
The Willow Curve was an object that looked like something that might have been auctioned off at a wrap party for Space 1999 or one of the Star Trek series.
Sales of the Willow Curve have been terminated, but the internet is full of sites making equally outrageous claims.
For many of us, the fact that a website makes outrageous claims may be enough to indicate that it is a scam.
Unfortunately, the mere presence of unrealistic claims may not be enough to satisfy someone that you care about when you are trying to convince a:

that some website is quite likely a scam.
Combined with other information, how recently a website domain was created can be used to help evaluate whether a website is legitimate.

Beware Of Undesired Autocorrect

Between the time I started this page and the time I posted it to the internet, however many scammers created new scam websites.
Often, scammers create url's intended to trick you into believing the websites are those of legitimate businesses.
Sometimes url's for the websites that scammers create look like nonsense.
In the section to follow we will lookup domain registration information for a well known business.
When looking up domain registrations on your own, I strongly caution you to be wary of undesired autocorrect.
When doing a domain lookup, make absolutely certain that you lookup the domain correctly.
A false sense of security can serve you much worse than no sense of security.

When Was amazon.com Registered?

In the following example, we are going to lookup when the amazon.com domain was registered.
The intent of this lesson is not to specifically determine whether amazon.com is or is not a valid site.
The goal of this page is for you to be able to generalize from what you saw when doing a whois lookup for amazon.com.
Enter the following internet address in a browser window: https://www.whois.com/whois/
If it is easier to type than copy/paste on a given device, you can enter: whois.com/whois in a web browser's address box.

1: When you first navigate to link.

2: Enter amazon.com as shown below, then press enter.

3: The website will display when amazon.com was registered.

You will see that the address has changed from:

Amazon.com Domain Review

The screenshot above uses a date format one might use in the United States.
In the screenshot, we can see that the amazon.com domain was registered on November 1st 1994.
The domain is currently registered with MarkMonitor Inc.
MarkMonitor Inc. is a domain registrar often used by high value domains.
Currently the amazon.com domain is scheduled to expire on October 30, 2024.
Sometime between now and then, someone acting on behalf of amazon.com will extend the registration.
The combination of a domain name registered almost 30 years ago with a high-end domain registrar such MarkMonitor Inc. would not suggest that amazon.com is a scam site.