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A quick search on www.domain.com found The Credit Union Journal could have grabbed a number of available permutations of the names of well-known credit unions. The Journal chose the names it searched at random.

For instance, with more than 100 potential domain names are already registered, Navy FCU's real website address is www.navyfcu.org. But anyone could also register Navyfederalcreditunion with the locators .us and .info, and could also grab navycreditunion with the locator .info, .biz, .net, .org, and .us.

Pentagon FCU's real website address is www.penfed.org, but available for purchase are Pentagonfederalcreditunion at .info, .biz, .net, .org, .and .us. Pentagoncu is available with .info, .biz, .net, and .us.

Boeing Employees Credit Union's true web address is www.becu.org but at press time the following were available: Boeingcreditunion at the locators .info, .biz, .net, .org and .us. Boeingemployees was available at .com, .info, .biz, .net, .org and .us. Even boeingemployeescreditunion could be had at .com, .info, .biz, .net, .org and .us.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union's actual website is at www.kinecta.org, but here are some domains that were still available: Kinecta.info and Kinecta.us; Kinectacreditunion was available at .info., .biz, and .us. Kinectacu could be had at .info, .biz, and .us.

The Golden 1 Credit Union's true website is at www.golden1.org, but unclaimed were Thegolden1cu at .com, .info, .biz, .net, .org, and .us. Also available were the same locators for Golden1.

Where To Get More Information

* Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers: www.icann.org

* Domain registrar: www.domain.com

* Internet Fraud Complain Center (division of the FBI) www.ifccfbi.gov

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