SCAMs are getting more and more sophisticated in defrauding people out of their hard earned money.
It’s a problem that has only worsened over the course of the pandemic, with more people staying indoors and online.
A large group targets you via email and often claims to be popular services like Facebook and Google.
Luckily, there are some telltale signs you can spot that can help you avoid a big chunk of your bankroll.
Check email links for scams
The greatest gift anyone can get is a web address and a link.
You would expect something like Facebook visiting a page on facebook.com, while Google on google.com.
Usually, scammers look for obscure web addresses with company names but are not official.
So you should take it as an instant warning sign for any link.
Ideally, you should test links by hovering over any buttons or calls to click, before actually clicking them.
This will display the web address so you can see if it’s a real transaction.
The same applies to the sender’s email address.
Notice the dots and dots in the web address
Formal emails are often short and repetitive, with an official web address.
If any of the emails come from something like email@example.com, there’s clearly something wrong.
Also, pay attention to the little dots and dots used in non-English languages, which can be pretty much hidden at first glance.
For example, “gôgle” – did you notice the two dots below the Os box? That’s suspicious and won’t take you to the official Google site.
Check short web addresses
These days, there are many web shortening services that are designed to make long links appear a little shorter.
They basically act as a mask that redirects you somewhere else as soon as you visit it.
Many are legitimate but they are also clearly vulnerable to abuse.
Thankfully, there is a website called Short URL test this reveals the real web address, so you can tell it’s safe or deceptive.
Once you’ve got a physical address, apply the same principles as above to figure out whether to go.
Go through the official website by yourself
If you think an email might be genuine or you’re not sure, your best bet is to skip the email and go straight to the official website manually.
If it’s genuine, what’s ever mentioned in the email will definitely show up in your account right there – and at least then you know you’re on the right website.
In other news, Apple has revealed a bunch of New emojis for iPhoneincludes a pregnant man and two saucy icons.
Experts have warned that the future Space launches can be dangerous if “stupid” regimes like Russia don’t stop blowing up the sky creating debris.
And most popular phone since a millennium has been announced, with many people shocked to learn it’s not an iPhone.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Science & Technology team? Email us at the address firstname.lastname@example.org
https://www.the-sun.com/tech/4640354/facebook-google-fake-links-in-emails/ All Facebook and Google users warned to learn easy trick to prevent major hacking attack