As the rate of online investment raises that is the rate of online scams also raises. There are lots of online scam platforms on the internet making all sorts of claims that will lure investors to invest their money on. The ability to overcome online scam investment is a necessary skill to have a sight view of how they operate. In this article, you will learn how to know or identify a scam site.
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Similar brand name misuse
The majority of fraudulent sites use similar brand names like (Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and more) in combination with discount offers, free delivery to get as much free traffic to their sites. Many brands are not likely to see their products being sold via kinds of sites. Premium site never put their products on sale with huge discounts. If premium sites want to give out discounts on their product they only give out once a while.
But fraudulent website gives users discount regularly to defraud users that are looking for a cheaper item to purchase. Pay close attention and navigate around the platform. Legitimate platforms use quality logo design images with high resolution for their product. But scam platforms use copyright all through the platform.
Review their trust mark
Trust mark is third-party authentication verification for any online shop. It indicates how security or protection, for an instant. Scams platform use them without seeking permission. For instant, they might have a logo or picture on their platform without been permitted.
Many sites will trick you into officially known website brands, even though they have no business with the company. Check the website domain name and the address of the website. You can check the domain name on whois.com. Legitimate platform will include the name of the CEO and the address on whois platform.
But scam platform will not include the name of the CEO and the address on the whois platform. For an instant, the real domain name of whois may be whois.com. Fake sites will use similar names like whois.xyz, whois.biz, whois.net, whois.org, whois.online, and lots more.
Fake site will create a platform that look-alike like whois.com with the same functionality to lure you into their platform thinking that you are operating with the legitimate platform but you are operating with the fake platform. Make sure you check any online platform you come across on whois.com if the platforms do not provide the name of the CEO and the address of the platform on whois.com stay clear from such platform.
Review domain age
You can check the domain age and the date that the platform was born on the internet on whois.com or scamadviser. Most scam platforms will be bought one-year domain names which are suspicious. Scammers don’t love to spend more money on their websites. They minimize their spending because they know that the platform will stay for a period of months and vanish in air without paying investors.
What clients say about us?
Many fakes sites show reviews and testimony part on their website which is filled with false reviews. They use anonymous names and anonymous photos which have been taken from a random source and description text from other websites.
However, it is not advisable to rely on their testimony because they are fake testimonies. Many sites will tell users to give a testimony about their platform to earn rewards or prices. If you come across a platform that has a mobile app the best thing to do is to check their reviews of the Google play store.
You will see lots of reviews on how people are talking about the app if it’s a legit platform or not. Go through the review will give you a clearer picture of what customers are really talking about on the platform.
Review their certificate
Legitimate platform will show their certificate on the site but scam platforms will not show any certificate on their site. Every country has its own way to register companies. In Nigerian, every company registered their certificate on CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission).
Check if communication secure
Check if you see HTTPS in the front of the URL address is lock sign visible. In this case, communication between the web shop and your browser is encrypted and makes the address a little bit safer to use. But that does not mean that the website is not fake. Most scam platforms will not add an SSL certificate to their site because you need to purchase the SSL certificate.
Review the social media accounts
Social media is one of the most important aspects of every business these days. Buyers are always often to expect good quality social media account. But scam platforms will likely insert their website logo into their social media account. Such behavior shows that they are not reliable or trusted sites.
Scam platform are not likely to include their real social media account on their website because they know that they must surely end up defrauding users. If they include their social media account on their website just take a look at their post if they often upload posts on their account.
Review the terms & policy
Majority of scam platforms are always interested in their pages like about us, terms and conditions, policy, and disclaimer to show to users that they are reliable. For instant think twice about purchasing on the site! Are you really sure a legitimate company will use incomplete text?
Check payment method
There are several payment methods online which are in general credit cards, Paypal and alipay offer clients’ protection by allowing clients a money-back guarantee in case if the product is not delivered. Before you make any payment to an online shop check if the payment method is supported by the money-back guarantee.
Never make payment to any account details provided on any platform if you have doubts about the platform. The payment method that is supported by Cryptocurrencies, Western Union, Skrill, Moneygram are traceable and you can get your money back if you use these payment methods. These are favorite payment methods for scam sites.
Review deliver product
Review whether the webshop is listed as a delivery partner. Not all webshops show them, but some webshops show the feature to track the shipment. The delivery partner maybe also be mentioned during the add chart process. If a reliable delivery partner is named this is usually a nice sign.
Try to contact the platform
A good platform knows its clients want to communicate with him in a different way. Check if the company provides a phone number on the platform or email Id or a contact form to interact with them. Try to call the company if you have any information to ask them.
Be sure about your description
Make sure you make the right description but if you are not sure about the company knows the need of wasting your effort with such a platform. Any business you execute with a Scam Company will be a waste of effort or time because you can hold anyone responsible for your loss.
Check if the platform is legit
In case you want to check if the platform is legit. I can help you to check about the platform if it’s legit or not. All you really have to do is to comment the name of the platform in the comment section so that I can help you to check about the platform before you take any action.
I believe that you have gone through the entire step of this article and now you know how to identify or recognize a scam platform. If you found this piece of information useful to you why not leave a comment in the comment section below.
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