From the first day of the Internet’s creation until today, scam sites have appeared almost every day with the aim of either illegally collecting people’s private data or robbing them of money. Cybercrime has, undoubtedly, been on the rise in recent years, especially if we consider that today everyone can create their website and do whatever they want.
In this regard, many get-rich-quick schemes have appeared on the Internet, promising to people significant earnings with little effort. Since such offers sound too good to be true, they are mostly scams that will harm their targeted victims somehow.
Therefore, to adequately protect yourself on the net from such scams, here is what you can do with a company’s website that is suspicious to you!
The priority is to check the domain name.
First of all, your priority should be to check the domain name to identify the fraudulent business. In most cases, scam websites will use domain names similar to big brands like “amazOon.com” or “gooOgle.com” so that people might click it even before they realize it’s not the actual brand.
Another thing about a domain that can tell you whether it is a scam or not is the date the field was created. You see, scam sites are mostly “short-lived” because the real owners, whom they imitate, report them quickly, which is why they shut down in a short period.
So if you see that a suspicious site has only recently opened, although it does not necessarily mean that it is a scam, that is one of the most significant indicators.
See what the company shares on their social media pages.
There is one universal “unwritten” rule that can tell you a lot about whether it’s a scam or not. It’s their social media pages. Firstly, do they even exist? If so, are they active? What are they all about? How many likes, followers, and interactions do they have with their customers or interested people?
In order to be 100% sure that the company isn’t fake, you can also check how many employees they have on LinkedIn. If there aren’t any, it’s probably because that company don’t exist.
Read reviews and comments about the company online.
There is no better indicator of its kind of company than reviews and comments on eminent forums. Are previous and current users satisfied? What do experts have to say on review sites? What can you expect from that company?
Can you even find any comments and reviews about the desired company on Google? Take all this into account, for it may give you more information than you ask for.
Although it is not always straightforward to determine if these are fake companies on the net, it is crucial to check the site well, see any illogical grammatical errors, alerts, bugs, and then see what the company really offers.
If the offers are unrealistic and something is sold at a much lower price, keep in mind that it is most likely a scam. Good luck!