Phishing -don't take the bait

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If there would be only one scam that you need to be aware of, it would be the Phishing scam.

Why?

Because it is the most reported online scam – and for good reason. 

What they want

  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • Credit card information
  • Bank information
  • Other sensible personal data 

How they contact you

  • Email
  • Phone
  • Text message

Phishing Example

Step 1:

The scammer sends you an email, containing a link to his phishing website

Example of a phishing email

Scammers can’t just write you “send me your personal information”. They usually copy the email design of big companies like Amazon, eBay, PayPal and others. They also fake their email address. It will look like “amazon@support” has sent you a message.

The email will urge you to click on the included link/button and tells you to log in on the linked page, or else your account will be deleted or other. 

Step 2:

If a user follows the link in the email he will see a login page that looks ‘exactly‘ like, for example, the login page of Amazon, eBay, PayPal or others.

Example of a phishing website

The scammer hopes that the users enter their login details. If they do it, he will receive them and his page sends the users to a random Error Page on the real website.


For example: the user thought that he logged into his Amazon account and now the scammer’s website redirects him to an Error Page on the real Amazon website so that the user thinks it’s just a normal login error and does not notice what just really happened.

Step 3:

The scammer will (almost all the time) cause a lot of financial damage to the victim. 

How to spot the difference between the real and fake website

One thing a scammer can’t copy is the URL of the website.

So the real URL of the Amazon login will have the amazon.com in it. A scammers URL will not have amazon.com – it will look like this:

Scam URL
Real URL
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