July 5, 2023

Know the red flags of fake websites so you can outsmart cybercriminals. These tips can help secure your personal information.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Criminals will stop at nothing to trick you into giving them access to your personal information, including the use of look-alike websites. 

Scam websites can be extremely similar to the real thing, so the next time you receive an email or text message from what appears to be your bank or credit card company linking to a website, beware. The best way to protect yourself from falling victim to a scam is to learn how to spot the red flags. 

Here are four steps for spotting an imposter website, according to the Better Business Bureau:

1. Pay close attention to the domain name

Scammers try to trick you by using a domain name similar to the business they’re impersonating. It’s not uncommon for a scam website to have an extra letter in the domain name or an abbreviated version of the real website name.

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2. Beware of subdomains

A subdomain is an additional name added in front of a website’s domain name. The Better Business Bureau

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