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1.    Suspicious URL

Before visiting a new page, take a look at the URL. Make sure it includes the connection type (for example http or https), the domain name, and the extension (for example .net or .com). Beware of websites whose domain names include multiple dashes or symbols. Steer clear of sites with suspicious domain extensions such as biz and info. Watch out for fake websites with similar templates used by reputable businesses. Avoid clicking on links sent by unknown sources.

2.    Poor English

Reputable businesses are highly concerned about their reputation and double check any info that goes on their website. Established businesses take reasonable care to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors in the content uploaded to their website. If you come across a website that includes a number of language and spelling errors, there are good chances that it is a part of an elaborate plan to trick unsuspecting visitors.

3.    No contact info

Did you know that in some countries it is illegal to operate a website without a contact form? While established businesses such as Amazon and Google have already won the trust of their target audience, and don’t display their contact info on their websites, other organizations with a serious intent to reach out to their customers provide their contact info such as their phone number, postal address, and email id on their website. Even if you find contact info on a website, make sure to run a Google check before conducting any transaction.

4.    Invasive advertising

Beware of websites that include too many advertisements. Remember a business that wants to attract visitors to its website won’t use any questionable methods that shoo their customers away. Watch out for websites with ads prompting you to take a survey. Avoid websites that include explicit ads. Additionally, never trust a website that includes full page ads or redirects you to another website once you click on an ad.

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