3% of Websites selling Fake?

A new Study by our Partner Scamadvisor

If you have ever been fooled by something like afake facebook raffle,you probably know how easy it is for scammers to create a fake website that looks exactly like the original one by the brand or company. Even if this isn’t the way they scam, websites that look like legitimate online shopping platforms pop up more and more. 



(Scamadvisor is a website that helps people to find out if the site they are using is a scam site or not)



Our partner scamadvisor recently conducted a study and found that out of the 22.5 million websites in its database - around 3% were fraudulent, mostly selling counterfeit products. They all had a trust score below 30% which means Scamadvisor considers them highly likely to be fake. The algorithm Scamadvisor uses takes a number of different things into account like IP address, availability of contact details and reviews on other websites.

 

What should I do if I think a website is fake?

There can be a number of things that make you think a website is fake, or it might be just a gut feeling you have. Either way there are things you can do if you believe a website is not authentic. 


Use Scamadvisor

Just put in the URL, and you can find out the trust score of the website. Obviously the higher the trust score, the more likely it is that the website is legitimate. If the website has a low trust score this means all of the factors that Scamadvisor take into account have low scores individually.


Check the URL

Most scammers will use a “vanity” URL that is very similar to a legitimate brand. But when you actually click through check the URL as it might be a very similar word to the brand name, but not an exact match.


Check the security

Most legitimate sites will go out of their way to ensure they have a secure connection. You can check this by ensuring there is a “https” just before the URL. Most fake sites won't bother with this, so the connection will just say “http”. A “secure” site will also display a green lock icon in the address bar so this is something to also look out for.


There are a few other things you can look at on the URL that might indicate a “fake” site:

  •  Multiple underscores or dashes or random punctuation

  •  Sites that use a legitimate brand name with one letter changed, like “Amaz0n”

  •  Sites that copy the template or layout of really well-known sites like Wikipedia

  •  Domain extensions like “biz” and “info” can also indicate sites that are not legitimate


Look at the content

Looking at the content of a website can give you an idea if it is fake or not. Fraudsters don’t often worry about the smaller details as they usually only operate the websites for a short period of time. Broken English, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are all indicators of websites.


What should I do if someone has faked my domain?

If you are worried about any aspect of your companies brand protection, contact globaleyez today atglobaleyez.net