CyberSec Tips: E-Commerce – tip details 2 – fake sites
The next three tips are pretty straightforward, and should be followed:
Don’t click on offers in email.
If it sounds too good to be true, don’t fall for it.
Don’t fall for fake eBay or PayPal sites.
Good advice all around. In terms of fake eBay or PayPal sites, check the URLs, if you can see them, or the places you end up. Often fraudsters will try and register sites with odd variations on the name, such as replacing the lower case letter l in PayPal with a digit 1, which can look similar: paypal.com vs paypa1.com. Or they will send you to a subdirectory on either a legitimate site (for example, googledocs.com/paypal) or on a straight scam site (frauds.ru/paypal). Or sometimes the URL is simply a mess of characters. If the site isn’t pretty clearly the one you want, get out of there.