Phishing or scams are special attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out your personal and sensitive information such as your bank account, login details, etc …
One way or the other, we all might have encountered or fall a victim for a phishing or scam website, luckily for some of us we were able to bypass / avoid it and on the other hand those that couldn’t , their data might be compromised and they lost confidence on all online website.
Here are the simplest ways to identify scam / phishing websites:
1. In most cases, connections are not encrypted (SSL Encryption):
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) enables secure transmission of sensitive information such as credit card numbers, login credentials, etc. Normally, Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure(HTTPS): that is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) with the SSL. HTTPS is used to provide encrypted communication with and secure identification of a Web server.
2. The domain name exposes the intention of the website:
Assume one encountered a website with the domain:
freebankrecharge.com, fanpagelikesunlimited.com, 5000dollarseverysecs.com, dollarszone.com, facebookadscredit.com, or similar ones.
We all know those site can’t be real and they have high probability to be a scam website. If such website request for your personal details, don’t give them.
3. There are spelling and composition error on the website:
Imagine if you’re seeing “costomer” instead of “Customer”, “acant” instead of “Account”, a professional website will never make that kind of mistake as it undergoes a lot of reviews from the author and some other people. Although, no one is above mistake but scammer don’t make spelling mistakes, they simply lack composition skill.
4. They urges to take quick actions and start showing off fake results:
Oh! Photoshop has been a good advantage to this generation and likewise a big tool for scam and phishing site. They create fake reports, information, etc using the wonderful tool, they use it to trick people and then ask you to take urgent action.
Here is a simple example: Google, Facebook, Twitter and others are successful and have served millions of client successfully but do you ever see the testimonials on their homepage or force users to take quick action entering their sensitive information? Simply NO.
5. Selling expensive products on the site for less price and they request for sensitive information before you can proceed e.g credit card details.