De fee for dfee.com: $60,000

28th April 2000 at 01:00
COLLEGES MAY face pressure from the Government to embrace the Internet, but even the most web-wise officials should beware.

Anyone seeking the Department for Education and Employment website who types "dfee" into their Internet browser is offered the domain name, dfee.com, for sale . . . at a mere $60,000.

Cyber-squatters can buy up domain names and then threaten to embarrass an organisation or individual unless they purchase their name at an inflatd price.

Embarrassment is not always deliberate. European Research into Consumer Affairs (ERICA), which is examining the suitability of TV programmes for children, was horrified to discover that www.erica.com was a porn site.

At least the Further Education Funding Council need not worry - www.fefc.com is owned by the Fellowship Evangelical Free Church of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The official DFEE website can be found at www.dfee.gov.uk


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