Dangerous Emails and Websites
Okay, so recently a few of our clients have been receiving malicious and fraudulent emails, for whatever reason, and they're designed to bait you and trick you into submitting valuable details regarding bank accounts, card numbers and such.
Some look very professional and identical to the websites they are mimicking, so this is a little heads up to be extra careful when reading your emails or visiting websites.
To help you decide whether or not you can trust websites, here are some tips on how to check the legitimacy of a website.
- Before deciding to click a link in an email, hover your mouse over the link. Assuming you’re using Google Chrome, a little grey box at the bottom left corner of the screen should appear, showing you what website the link will take you to. Make sure it is the link to the official website by comparing the link to that of the legitimate website.
- If everything checks out, make sure all the other buttons on the website work. For example, if there’s a Home button, click it and see if it takes you to the home page of the legitimate website.
- And lastly, use your intuition! If you do not have a PayPal account, then clearly the email asking for your PayPal details is fake. If it’s an email from a bank provider or such, they usually send a letter through the post rather than an email.
- Check the web address. Clicking a link to PayPal and you being dropped onto www.andorxor.hu is huge giveaway that you’re on a fake, malicious website.
Be a little more careful when checking your emails next time, hm?