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    What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

    by Leena Hijazi ·

    What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

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    • #4160310
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      Re: websites

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      I trust my antivirus program and my own good sense to not buy from unknown or too-good-to-be-true websites.

      But if you don’t, have a look at https://www.google.com/search?q=scam+websites for more.

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      by birdmantd ·

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      One of my favorite tools is at mywot.com (Web of Trust). Back in the day, I used to use it on a frequent basis to authenticate unknown web sites. I no longer use it since my needs have changed since I did use it.

    • #4160727

      Tools to detect fake and scam website

      by peytonjosie3 ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      Check the URL: Start by examining the website’s URL. Be wary of misspelled domain names, extra words, or unusual extensions. Legitimate websites usually have clean and recognizable URLs.

      Look for HTTPS: Ensure that the website uses HTTPS encryption. While this doesn’t guarantee a site’s legitimacy, it’s a good sign that it takes security seriously.

      Check for Contact Information: Legitimate websites often provide clear and accessible contact information, including a physical address, phone number, and email address. Verify this information and contact them if necessary.

      Read Reviews: Search for reviews or feedback about the website or the products/services it offers. Consumer reviews can provide insights into the credibility of the site.

      Research the Domain Age: Use tools like WHOIS lookup to check the domain’s age. New domains, especially those registered for a short period, can be suspicious.

      Examine the Website’s Design: Scam websites may have poorly designed or inconsistent layouts, low-quality images, and lots of spelling and grammatical errors.

      Beware of Too Good to Be True Offers: Be cautious if a website is offering products or services at extremely low prices or with unbelievable discounts. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

      Check for Trust Seals: Legitimate websites often display trust seals or logos from organizations like the Better Business Bureau, VeriSign, or McAfee. However, these can also be faked, so verify their authenticity.

      Use Online Scam Databases: There are online resources and databases that track known scam websites. You can search for the website’s name or URL in these databases to see if it’s been reported as fraudulent.

      Avoid Unsolicited Emails and Links: Don’t click on links or visit websites from unsolicited emails, especially those that ask for personal or financial information.

      Use Antivirus and Anti-Malware Software: Keep your computer protected with up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software. Some of these tools can identify and block access to known scam websites.

      Trust Your Instincts: If something feels off about a website, trust your instincts and avoid providing any personal or financial information.

      Remember that scam websites can be very convincing, so it’s essential to be cautious and conduct thorough research before making any online transactions or sharing sensitive information.

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      by Wizard57M-TR ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      at scanurl.net, fairly comprehensive.

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      by stringstring681 ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      As the administrator of my website about wildlife, I employ several tools to detect fake and scam websites that may pose a threat to my users. These tools include website reputation scanners, SSL certificate verification services, and domain analysis tools. I utilize website content analysis to check for suspicious or plagiarized content, ensuring the authenticity of the information provided. While my website primarily focuses on wildlife topics, safeguarding visitors from potential online hazards is essential. Just as wolves primarily consume meat but may occasionally eat bones for calcium, I prioritize the protection of my online ecosystem to provide a safe and reliable resource for wildlife enthusiasts. (link removed by moderator)

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      Reply To: What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      Strictly speaking https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-use-nortons-free-ai-powered-scam-detector/ from our sister site zdnet is not about scam websites, but about scam mails containing a link to them and inviting you to click.

      Might be useful also.

      • This reply was modified 7 months ago by Avatar photokees_b.
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      Several tools can aid you in this endeavor

      by GwenMyers ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      First, utilize website reputation services like Google Safe Browsing, Norton Safe Web, or McAfee SiteAdvisor to check a website’s safety rating.

      Browser extensions like WOT (Web of Trust) and Netcraft can provide real-time warnings about suspicious websites. URL scanners such as VirusTotal analyze URLs for potential threats.

      Additionally, ensure your browser has a built-in phishing and malware protection feature. Stay informed about the latest scams and phishing techniques to better recognize red flags.

      Lastly, trust your instincts: if a website seems too good to be true or asks for sensitive information, proceed with caution or avoid it altogether.

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      by lyinmiklies ·

      In reply to What tools do you use to detect fake and scam websites ?

      Thanks for this interesting solution!

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