Fat Fingers: Hot Goods & Bad Spelling

By Trevor Morgan

Stolen goods are often sold on auction sites with the description key words intentionally misspelled. For investigators tracking down stolen assets, Fatfingers.com should be one of your key OSINT tools. The website locates items listed on eBay with spelling mistakes in the ad copy. Search options on Fatfingers can include searching on correct spelling and including misspellings in description but not in title, and the opposite, correct spellings in the description but not in the title.

A recent search for “Microsoft” found:

  • Micosoft Office 2000 Developer NOS
  • Mcrosoft Surface RT 10.6in. 32GB Tablet PC NVIDIA Tegra 3- Dark Titanium
  • Rare Mircosoft Giant Mouse 25 in x 15 x 9 in Store Display

Another search for “Camera” turned up:

  • Nikon Coolpix Camra blue
  • Samsung TL 105 Canera – Pre-Owned

To search various in various countries, click the country’s flag icon at the top of the search screen.

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Trevor is an investigative analyst at Hetherington Group, where he uses his open source research skills to extract data from social media accounts, conduct risk assessments, and monitor subjects for clients in pharma, tech, retail, and entertainment. He is a contributing writer to Hg’s Data2Know, Industry Undercover, and OSINT Slack channels. On his lunch break, he can be found outside playing frisbee with his four-legged colleagues.