How to Find a Fraudulent Website

How to Find a Fraudulent Website



How to find a fraudulent website The internet is home to almost 1.7 billion websites and unfortunately many of these websites live only to cheat you with your personal data or money, here are some of the signs you should look for to identify a fraudulent website .




First: Double-check the URL name


The first thing to do before visiting any site is to make sure that the domain name is what you intend to visit, as scammers create fake mask sites as an official entity and usually in the form of an organization that x you probably know it like Amazon, PayPal or Wal-Mart, and sometimes the difference between a real site name and a fraudulent site name is barely noticeable, for example a cybercriminal can create a site using rnicrosoft. com but you think you are visiting microsoft.com, There are basically two ways a cybercriminal or "threat player" will get you to visit the fraudulent site, The first method is through a method known as phishing and phishing is a form of attack cyberbullying provided primarily via email, which contains the threat actor. try to entice you to click on a link in the email which will then redirect you to a fraudulent copy of the Real website.


Another way that a threat player can push you to visit a fraudulent site is through a method known as "typosquatting." Typosquatting uses common domain name bad words (e.g. amazom.com) to mislead users into visiting fraudulent websites, thinking that you entered the domain name correctly but that you are actually visiting. fraudulent copy of the original site, if you are lucky the web browser will warn you, no matter how you get to the site once you enter this fraudulent website the threat player will collect your login credentials and other personal data such as your credit card information and then using those credentials itself on the actual website or any other website where you use the same login credentials, then the first and most basic way to discover a fraudulent website is to make sure that the domain name is what you really intend to visit.




Second: Look for the lock and then look more seriously


When you visit a website look for the lock to the left of the URL in the address bar, this lock indicates that the site is secured with a TLS / SSL certificate, which encrypts the data sent between the user and the website, and if the website is not issued a TLS / SSL certificate Exclamation mark (!) will appear to the left of the domain name in the address bar, and if the site is not certified TLS / SSL any data you send is subject to interception, the downside to this is that not all SSL certificates are genuine. These sites are usually discovered pretty quickly but it’s still better to look a little trickier when locked just to be sure, unfortunately you can’t dig deeper unless you’re browsing the web using your desktop.




And if the certificate is valid then you will see the text "Certificate is Valid" in the following list, you must continue and click that for more details.




A new window will appear showing information about the certificate, and you can check the site where the certificate was issued, to whom it was issued and the expiry date, and while this does not always protect you from scammers, the lock ( and the certificate). information) is a good indication that you are visiting a legitimate site.



Third: Check for spelling and grammar errors and a weak user interface


Spelling or grammatical errors can occur from time to time even on the most trusted sites, however most websites have teams of specialists creating these sites, and if a website appears to have been built in one day by one person , is full of misspelling. It has a questionable user interface (UI) and a chance to visit a dangerous website.


Fourth: Check the site's privacy and return policies


Fraudulent websites generally do not go as far as the original websites in terms of privacy and return policies if any, for example Amazon has a fairly comprehensive Return and Privacy Policy that details everything a customer needs to know about each And if the site has a poorly written privacy or return policy that should raise red flags, and if the site does not have these policies mentioned on their site at all then avoid them at all costs. of all since the site is likely to be a scam site.




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