How to understand that the site is masquerading as an online store - 6 tips

People are actively moving to online shopping, which fraudsters take advantage of. Experts ask you to heed their advice so as not to become a victim of fraud.

More than 3,000 potentially malicious sites were found in the Russian segment of the Internet, imitating online stores, Izvestia writes. Fraudsters even try to adapt to the news agenda, such as weekends, sanctions or small promotions. The head of analytical center Zecurion Vladimir Ulyanov explained how to distinguish fraudulent sites from real online stores:

pay attention to the address bar - the name of a potentially dangerous resource is different from the original, for example, it may contain additional or altered characters; assess the site's appearance - "fakes" resemble the original, but often have significant differences, in addition, the presence of the logo of a marketplace does not mean that it is the real deal; fraudulent sites often hide behind hidden links, the click address is not visible, it is also important to pay attention to abbreviated links to resources when the link itself is not fully visible - to check it, you can copy the link and look in any notepad, where it leads (to avoid falling into fraudulent site, you should check the links before clicking on them); sites can be checked through online services such as "Virustotal" or even ordinary search engines - sometimes they flag unwanted or removed from the output; you should also pay close attention to the source of the link - if you received it through mass mailing, "links" in thematic groups and paid (advertising) ads, you risk to get on a potentially dangerous resource; If you have the slightest suspicion that something is wrong with the site, it is better to close it and go again by typing the name of the marketplace in a search engine - as a rule, they are always the first in the output (and do not confuse it with contextual advertising).


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