How to Identify Phishing Websites
You may agree that scammers spend a lot of time inventing new methods of fraud and prepare for them carefully. Phishing websites are one such method. On the pages of our blog, we have already discussed the dangers of identity theft. And when you visit a phishing website, scammers have an opportunity to steal your money from your credit card. You may not even have doubts that you are visiting the official website of the store and making a purchase. We will try to explain how to identify a phishing site and how to protect yourself. Make the most of your time and read our article to the end.
What is a phishing site?
It is also can be called a fake phishing site. It can be a whole site that is identical to the official one, or one page, for example, logging into your Google account. These sites gain access to your personal data and bank accounts. You also endanger your friends, because scammers can write them an email with the link to a suspected phishing site and they do not hesitate to follow the link. Is it a phishing site or not you can identify if you know at least one of the distinctive features? Absolutely, yes!
Unofficial address of the website
The letter that you received in the mail or the ad that you saw on Facebook or Instagram looks convincing, but the link on which you are offered to go is not credible. Close your browser, then reopen and try to find the company or brand name yourself, then check the site addresses. The sender of the letter may also be a clue about fraud because if this is an official offer of the store, won’t they use the official mail, which can be easily found on the website?
Warning about insecure login to your account
Trying to scare and disorient a person is often successful. When you buy a new phone and re-log into your account, an email may come to the old one about the new login. These are security measures from Google. But what if you do not do this, and you receive such a letter. Don’t panic under any circumstances. After all, such a warning could have been sent by scammers, and as soon as you follow the link to website phishing, they will gain access to your account. Check the sender’s address and change the password.
Phishing sites: actions before and after the click to link
Antivirus programs installed on a phone or computer can save us from a rash step with a simple notification: “This website has been reported as a phishing website”! Whether or not to heed the warning is up to you. However, even good antivirus software is not 100% secure, so you need to know how not to fall into the scammers’ networks.
Before going to phishing websites
We have already mentioned several times how important it is to double-check the address of the link you are going to follow. But what else can you do if you suspect that it is a phishing website?
- If you do not know a person who sent you a suspected link, you should look through the signs and decide for yourself can you trust it or not. Another way is to google a mail address and maybe you will find it on a list of known phishing sites. By the way, you also can report a phishing site, if you identify such.
- If you know a person who sent you a suspected link, contact him or her on an official phone number or mail, which you use for communication before. Above we gave an example that scammers can send letters from your account on social networks. For example, if you received a Facebook message from a friend, then it is obvious that you cannot ask him about it on the same social network. Therefore, it is best to contact him by phone call. After all, if fraudsters gained access to Facebook, there is no guarantee that they do not control the correspondence in Instagram or other accounts.
After going to phishing websites
Don’t panic if you clicked on a link without checking it in advance. Follow the same steps as you should. Check the site address and the sender of the letter. Carefully inspect the site and all the information that is posted on it. For example, if this is a store site, find the official site through a search engine and check the information about the offered promotions. If such an offer really exists, and you want to use it, then in no case do it through the site from a letter or announcement. Since credit card details can be obtained by scammers.
Why is it important to report phishing sites?
Thanks to the reporting phishing sites, thousands of people saved their accounts and money from scammers. Due to the pandemic, the percentage of online fraud has increased. Many phishing sites have appeared that allegedly provide information on the number of cases, how to overcome the disease, or what preventive measures will help from Covid-19.
However, you will not notice that you provide your personal information to scammers. although you just wanted to receive a newsletter with this information in your mail. As you can understand if each person will report a fake phishing site to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
Experts in this area anticipate the emergence of a new phishing site, and strongly recommend report a phishing website if you encounter it. The coronavirus vaccination is already beginning and the queue for it will be online. Fraudsters can create a mirror page filling in personal data. Then you may not only be out of line for the vaccine but also lose your money. By telling your story about a scam, you are contributing to the fight against it.
Website phishing is a type of scam, so you can also report it to us. 123ChargeBack provides this opportunity. We will also be glad if you share what consequences you experienced in the comments. It is not a shame to become a victim of fraud, it is a shame not to learn from this and not take the opportunity to warn others.
Remember that the status of a victim of fraud will not be fixed to you forever, this is just one of the unpleasant experiences in your life. If you have not been a victim of fraud, then we are glad that you are interested in our article and you are already aware of this type of fraud. Read also other articles on our blog, they will also be useful to you. Thank you for staying with us, we have more to share with you in the future!
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