In response to the announcing of the need for internet con-men to have their own safe-haven on the web, a new extension for Internet addresses would be established especially for ripoff artists .con . Both conmen and corporate-bottom-line-bringer-uppers have taken up sides on the issue of whether or not it is a positive development.

Earlier this month the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which oversees the Internet, approved an application to establish the new TLD, or top level domain.

If approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the new .CON domain would provide professional conmen, corporate-bottom-line-bringer-uppers, pro-phishermen, and off-shore Nigerian webmasters with their own corner of the Internet, a sort of online scoop-in-the-cash-by-the-truckload district. While proponents say the new domain will make it easier for average joes and janes to filter out the good SPAM from the bad SPAM, opponents point out that participation in the new CON-domain will be voluntary and self-regulating. In other words it's like asking the fox to volunarily behave in the henhouse. They also note conmen and conwomen that now have .com sites will be able to keep those as well.

Opponents criticize the seeming legitimacy such a dot-con domain gives phishers, con-men, and corporate-bottom-line-bringer-uppers.

If ICANN finalizes a contract with ICM Registry and the Commerce Department signs off on the deal, .CON sites could begin showing up on the Internet by the year's end.