It is no longer need that the Twitter accounts of billionares, celebrities, top personalities and corporations were hacked and used to scam millions of people in bitcoin giveaway scam. See more of the story here
When you read that news above, you will find out that there was a website to which the unsuspecting victims were directed to go. That is an example of a scam website and here are ways you can detect it.
Before you continue, you might want to read this first Web Design Scams You Need To Know
1 Study The Address Bar
The first way to detect a scam website is by looking closely at the address bar. There you have the site address and a few other things by Google and Chrome to help you detect scam Websites. If there’s a padlock or shield next to a https:// address, then you know the site is secure and trusted, it is a real site. The ‘S’ in the https protocol means Secure to show you that the site is encrypted. But most times this is not always the case as scammers are getting smart these days. You might see a site with Https and padlock and all but it still ends up a scam website. How? you may ask. Now, let’s go back to the bitcoin giveaway scam news. You will see that the domain registrar of the website took it down quickly enough when they discovered it was a scam. This shows you that it was already registered and most domain registrars offers free SSL certificate, domain privacy and protection as well as encryption, thus, https.
Another way to easily detect a scam website is to copy the site URL and paste it into the box of Google Safe Site Search otherwise known as Google Transparency Report.
2 Domain Age
Age of the domain should give a a sense of the originality of the website. A good way to know this is by using Whois Domain Tools. When you paste the domain of the website in Whois Lookup, you will see things like age of the domain, the registrar-country, URL and authenticity-, preview of the site and other domains relating to it such as taken, deleted, available and and so on.
3 Contact Information
The best way to detect a scam website is to look for reliable contact information. All original sites will have valid means of contact such as a physical address. With this address, you can look up the website owners and be able to know where they are. Scammers don’t want you to know this because they don’t want to be found or located.
4 Do A Quick Virus Scan
Scam Websites are liable to fill your devices with virus and malware which steal vital information like payment or card details or even bank details and personal information. You can do a quick virus scan of a site you are not sure of to detect if it is a scam website or not. You can do that with a few tools such as:
Above all, do not share your personal information on sites with http.
Note: You can still be fooled even after doing the above. Beware of all Peer-to-Peer Lending Sites, they are all scams.