Have you ever wondered how many people worldwide so easily believe in various scam sites and offers? Why is the number of fraudulent online companies on the rise lately? And why, despite the suspicion that some offers are too good to be realistic, do people repeat the same mistakes and click on the scam links over and over again?
The internet is filled with numerous fraudulent companies with fake production of their “authentic products” and services that, most likely, don’t exist. For these cybercriminals, the only important thing is to attract their targeted victims and rob their identity, personal data, or funds.
Today, there are many fake sites, and it is difficult to distinguish them from a large number of those that are real. However, there are some ways and tricks to help you determine if the online company you suspect is real or fake.
Let’s cut a long story short and get straight to tip number one!
Scan the content and images of the company website
The first impression of a site rarely deceives. So, what image do you, as a user, have about a particular website? What kind of content is it? Is it original, detailed, written in natural language, or is it full of spelling and grammatical errors?
What are the pictures on that site? Are they credible, or do they seem too fake, as if they were downloaded from various stock sites? All this needs to be checked in detail to ensure that all the content is relevant and an authentic brand.
URL of the website is also a relevant indicator
Sometimes the real answers are in the URL of the site itself. The domain name and date can reveal to you whether it is a scam carefully designed by scammers or not. For example, how does the URL sound to you?
Does it imitate a brand, such as “googgle.com”? Does the domain in the name have phrases like “getcheapclotheshere.com”? If you have encountered any of these cases, be sure that it is most likely a fraudulent site and that you should not click on it.
In addition, you must keep in mind that scam sites are usually short-lived since they get banned pretty quickly by the actual site owners, which they try to imitate. Therefore, go and check the date of the net.
There are no posts about the company on other sites.
Perhaps the easiest way to determine if an online company is real or fake is to look for its social media profiles and pages, as well as its LinkedIn employees. If none of the above exists, be almost sure that you are a victim of cybercriminals who want to steal from you in one way or another.
On the other hand, even if there are their pages on social media platforms, carefully review whether these posts are relevant and whether their images and the text itself are authentic.
Unfortunately, scam sites of fake companies have become commonplace in the virtual world, and there are too many of them. To best protect yourself from scammers, the best advice is to double-check the site itself and not click on any link unless you are sure that it is a legitimate site.