Don’t waste your money with fraudsters online. You can use our tips to identify and avoid fake sites, scams and screens false. This serves both for pages and apps accessed on smartphones and tablets as well as for images that people send to try to deceive you. It can be difficult to identify what is fake and what is not, but a little bit of research and our tips will help you.
Be Careful with Apps and Fake Websites that Offer Deals Too Good
When you see very low prices with discounts ridiculous, you should be a little suspicious. If the prices seem too good to be true, then, unfortunately, they probably are. The fake sites use low prices to attract buyers hungry for bargains to sell quickly items fake, counterfeit or non-existent. Search for as well, especially if it is an app offering these products and services. Search for the name of the site, the offer, and see if it is reliable. Search for the application before you commit to purchasing, and see if the app has already been before a part of some scam screen fake. When the more informed you are, the smaller will be the chances of you falling into a scam.
Never Pay by Bank Transfer
If you are asked to pay for something online through a bank transfer, be wary, especially when there is no option for other types of payments. If you buy something that is fake or non-existent with a credit or debit card, you have certain rights to recover their money. But if you pay by bank transfer, there is very little you can do to get your money back. Apps with screen false can introduce “errors” in the payment by credit card, by stealing their card information and on top of it, using his desire to purchase to confirm a purchase with a bank transfer. Again, we remind you: search! A screen that is false or a app fake can be everything a scammer needs to end up with your financial life.
Check Again the Name of the Domain or of the App to Confirm the Screen Fake
Many sites and apps that are fraudulent use a domain name that makes reference to a brand or product name as well known. But it will not be the official site. For example, domains, site names pointing to promotions and discounts on products should always be suspected, with the same value for apps that do this. You should also be careful with the domains that end in .net or .org, since they are rarely used for online purchases, therefore, may have been acquired by organisations is questionable.
Another thing is to take care with the screen on the false applications. If the app you are using is very different from what you’re used to, go to the Play Store, or search online to learn how the app should look really. When in doubt, pass an antivirus on the smartphone, uninstall the app and reinstall before use.
Browse by the App or by the Web Site
Take a few minutes to check out the website. You may visit the homepage or the pages in the “About us” and read the text. Careful with a Portuguese poor, such as spelling and grammar errors, or sentences that do not sound well. This may mean that the site is not genuine and was created by someone on the outside to get a quick profit. The same goes for apps. Apps fake also are often very slow and lock at various times.
You should also check if the site lists any contact information. Companies reputable and legitimate always will list ways of contact with them; If the site does not have a page “contact”, may be fraudulent. If the site has the page “contact”, but only offer a form to fill in, be careful, as this may also indicate a site doubtful. Any company that offers goods or services should list a local business, as well as a phone number or email address through which to contact them.
If no such information is available, you should treat the site as highly suspect, as well as an app that does not offer any supporting information.
Check the Returns Policy of the Site or the App
Read Some Reviews Online About the App or Site
See reviews on various sources and sites that aggregate customer complaints. Go to the Play Store and see what people are talking about the application. You should also check the social media pages of the company for recent activity and see what other people are posting on their social channels. Identify fake reviews by paying attention to the following indicators:
- There are many comments strangely similar?
Should be a red flag if you notice a similarity in the analyses on multiple sites. When you read the reviews, you may notice an entire set that uses groupings of words and writing styles are similar. This usually means that the reviewers are copying the information or that the revisions were all written by the same person.
- The reviewers are all very new?
Careful with the reviews of new accounts. Some of the revisions should be members of long standing of the site. You may find that the person has reviewed hundreds of websites or apps, which gives them more credibility than someone who has revised only one site.
- The review is not factual or overly factual?
Facts are important in a review; don’t trust a review if the facts or useful information will be light in the place. In the same way, a comment that gives no personal opinion may be false and, in any way, is not a big help.
- You can find only a few comments?
In this case, it is probably best to avoid a site or app suspect.
Look for a Padlock on the Site
Most of the browers shows a padlock green next to the URL of the site and this is a useful way to see whether a site is reliable. But this step should only be used in conjunction with other checks, just in case. Also check if the website begins with “https” in the address, which ensures one more layer of security.
Screen for WhatsApp
Some applications allow you to create screens of chat fake. When it is fun, can even be fun. The problem are people who create conversations fake in WhatsApp and other apps to tarnish the image of someone or even for kicks.
When someone send you the print of any conversation, be wary. Try to talk with the people involved in the conversation. If possible, ask the person to show the chat in the own cell. In this way, can be ruled out the possibility of doing a screen fake to the conversation.
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