The practice of billing web hosts on fake billing numbers is a well-documented practice in the industry, but it has received relatively little attention in the US until now.
That’s because it’s difficult to detect, and even more difficult to quantify the potential harm.
The Verge spoke to experts and consumers to find out what customers should be wary of, and to find more about the problem.
How billing addresses work¶ When a web host asks for your credit card number, they’ll likely ask for a billing address that matches your billing address.
But that’s not all: when you visit a website that has a billing URL, the website’s web host will use that billing address to send a payment.
The payment will be sent via PayPal or another payment processor, and the amount will be charged to your credit or debit card.
The amount is a fraction of the actual cost of your purchase, but you’ll have to pay for it yourself.
In many cases, you’ll be billed for the entire purchase price: for example, a website may charge $50 to $100 for a $10 subscription to your account.
But there are ways around this: the web host can ask you to confirm the billing address by clicking on a “Buy Now” button.
You can also manually confirm the address by typing your credit, debit, or bank card information.
If the billing addresses match, your credit will be automatically charged, and your credit cards will be billed.
If you don’t confirm the credit, the web hosting provider may still send the payment.
Sometimes the web hosts may not even provide a billing number at all.
If that’s the case, you can try contacting the webhost directly.
The most common reasons for a web hosting company to ask for the billing number include: billing addresses you already have: if you’re already billing a webhost, they won’t ask for your billing number.