If you receive a free conference offer, discount utility offer, or any other too good to be true offers, they all are scams. You can use the following ways to identify a scam website.
- Website domain will be only a few months old – Visit whois.net and in the search box type the website name and hit enter. You’ll see the domain creation date that would be only one to six months old.
- Google or bing will have only a few search results – Search on Google or Bing and see that not many search results are listed.
- Site will have stolen pictures – In Chrome browser ensure that your default search engine is Google. Open the site and right click on any image and click ‘search Google for image’. The search results will display sites that originally had that picture.
- Address will be fake – Search the address in maps.google.com to see that there is no such business at the specified address.
- Their phone number will change on a weekly/monthly basis – Scammers change their VOIP numbers very often. The number that they used to call you today will not work after a week or so.
Stay vigilant and use above tips to identify scams on your own. All too good to be true offers, any threatening calls / emails, anything free, pandemic related offers/calls, tax related calls/emails etc. they all are scams.
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