The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) recently announced a huge spike in the number of victims tricked by fraud websites into giving away their personal details, private information and financial account credentials. BigScammers.Com, which is an online community that offers a publicly viewable user-generated content repository where victims can anonymously post their scam complaints and file Web crime reports, also received significant numbers of complaints and reports against these types of online scams.
ActionFraud, the UK’s national online crime reporting center, also published a recent report showing that fake websites continue to be used by a lot of scammers and organized crime groups for extortion schemes, credit card fraud and identity theft. RSA FraudAction also indicated in their recent report that most phishing attacks use fraud websites to carry out these objectives.
Victims of the newest fraud websites end up with depleted funds in their credit cards, online bank accounts and e-wallet accounts. Some find themselves in the middle of serious legal complications after being wrongfully accused of participating in the purchase of illegal products in the Dark Web, such as prohibited porn, firearms and drugs among others. That’s because scammers who manage to steal their credit card details sell these stolen cards to other criminals in the Dark Web. They then use these stolen credit cards to purchase illegal products also from the Dark Web.
So, how exactly can you quickly recognize fraud websites? How do you safely avoid being victimized by credit card fraud, identity theft and other types of online scams? Here are some simple yet effective tips to start you out on the right foot:
How to Quickly Recognize Potential Fraud Websites
First, many of these fraud websites look exactly like popular online banking platforms, shopping sites, e-wallet login portals and other widely used Web tools. Don’t be fooled though, and always check the authenticity of any website that you’re visiting before doing anything in the online platform. You can do this by running the domain (Web address or URL) of any website through whois domain checkers. This will give you the contact details and other pieces of relevant information about the domain registrant.
Second, talking about domains – You should check the authenticity of the domains of any suspicious website that you encounter during your day-to-day activities on the Internet. Many fraud websites use domains that can be easily mistaken for the domains of popular companies. For example, a recently spotted fake PayPal website has the domain PayPaI.Com (take note of the letter “I” in place of the letter “L”).
Third, many of these fraud websites are linked by emails, SMS, private messages in social media sites and text messages in widely used instant messaging applications from unknown senders. It’s always good standard practice to never open messages from unknown senders, but if you can’t stop yourself from doing this, then at least carefully verify the actual URLs of those links before clicking them. In standard Web browsers, you can normally do this by right clicking on the link and selecting the copy URL option, which you can then paste in a blank text document for manual verification purposes.
Fourth, you should carefully review the content of any message that you get, even if it’s from a trusted contact. Do this before clicking any link in the message, since you might end up in fraud websites that are injected with auto download functions for auto install malware. Remember, many scammers and organized crime groups have the ability to hack email and messaging accounts of unsuspecting users, which they then use for carrying out their illegal activities on the Web.
Fifth, you should keep at pace with the newest schemes and tactics that are being used by scammers and organized criminal syndicates for their online scams that involve fraud websites. You’ll be able to identify the most suitable preventive measures and proactive strategies for safely steering clear from the bad effects of these fake sites and online scams when you do this. You’ll also learn corrective tips that can help you minimize the effects of being victimized by relevant online scams, in case you’ve already fallen for any fraudulent Internet scheme.
Found below are some of the newest online scams that used fraud websites to victimize many users who recently posted scam complaints in Big Scammers. Take note of these scams, in case you encounter them in your daily activities on the Web:
Newest Scams Involving Fraud Websites This 2017
- Netflix Phishing Fraud – This is designed to trick users into entering their Netflix account credentials, financial information and personal details in a set of fraud websites, which are designed to look exactly like the legitimate Netflix video repository. This online scam is distributed through phishing messages that are laced with fake urgency claims and scare rhetoric, which forced many victims to log into these fake sites and update their profile details and payment information. They were tricked into doing this by falsely claiming that this is required for them to avoid possible security breaches allegedly reported by other Netflix users.
- Online Employment Scams – These involve the use of fraud websites that are designed to collect a victim’s sensitive details, confidential identity documents and private information. Target victims are job seekers looking for employment opportunities on the Web, particularly in professional social networks like LinkedIn, classified job sites, micro job sourcing platforms and popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
To learn more about the other new fraud websites and online scams today, you should consider signing up at BigScammers.com. You’ll be able to conveniently get instant alerts and notifications sent straight to your email inbox whenever a victim posts a new scam complaint or files a Web crime report in this online community’s user-generated content repository. A lot of cyber security experts, online privacy specialists and agents of anti-cybercrime offices of many governments worldwide also spend time in this website, providing useful comments and helpful pieces of advice for avoiding and correcting problems caused by online scams.