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To check whether a site is legit usually, I do follow a simple checklist to see how well they do, especially when I need to part money with the site;
1) Does the site have a current SSL certificate?
2) Use WhoisXY.com to check the whois information and check whether the contact information matches with the one in the website.
3) In the domain contact details, is there a valid email address.
4) Is there a valid phone number visible, and does it work ?
5) Go through review about them using Unmaskparasites.com and check whether they are scam free.

If I am satisfied with the result then I purchase a small priced article and if it is delivered safely and promptly then I go to purchase my desired product. In general, anyone who is trying to do legitimate business on the web will go out of their way to try and make it clear that they are legitimate. So if a site has not even done the bare basics to give customers enough confidence to buy they're products, then it is almost certainly some sort of scam.

by lara123456lara123456, 07 Feb 2014 05:08
murali (guest) 26 May 2013 09:29
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » How to identify fake websites and scams.

how to know the fake web sites he is telling the truth how trust and trance for the money

by murali (guest), 26 May 2013 09:29
internet fraud
Robert K. (guest) 31 May 2012 19:06
in discussion Website Theft and Fraud / Opinions and Comments » internet fraud

I was looking to clean up my credit, so I went to the site zerodownexpertz.com. They claim that they will clean up your credit and get you funding. I signed up for the program and ordered credit monitoring. They say they will contact you in 72 hours. After a week went by and know one contacted me, I decided to reply to the email I was sent from them.

I replied to the email they sent me several times but my emails came back Non-Deliverable. At this point I became suspicious. I began to do research on how to get some information on this company and its owner. Low and behold, I went to whois.com and found the owner's name, phone number, and address.

I called the owner and he answered. I explained to him my situation. He told me there is no more room in the program. I said, thats okay could you refund me my money for purchasing the credit monitoring. He advised me to call the credit monitoring company.

To make a long story short I did research on him and revealed his scam.

He gets paid every time someone signs up for credit monitoring. His credit repair and funding is a fraud. That is just bait to entice you into purchasing the credit monitoring. He will do whatever, just to trick you into signing up. What a waste of time and money.

Steer clear of zerodownexpertz.com and the owner:
Benjamin Zimunya
4926 Sandy Trail
Apison, Tennessee 37302
(423) 760-1747

internet fraud by Robert K. (guest), 31 May 2012 19:06

I actually agree with you in terms of how to prevent website theft but in order to Identity theft which can at any point can enter into many areas of our lives. It involves any instance where a person uses someone else's identification documents or other identifiers in order to impersonate that person for whatever reason. According to a September 2003 survey conducted by the Federal Trade Commission an estimated 10 million people in the United States found out they were victims of identity theft in the previous year. More appropriately titled identity fraud, your identity might be stolen in order for someone to commit:
• Financial fraud
• Criminal activity
• Computer and cyber crimes
• Organization crime
• Drug trafficking
• Alien smuggling
• Money laundering an many more
All the above and many more are all illegal form of someone stealing your personal identity and intrusion in personal life’s. On a more appropriate level it is the small companies that are to be watching out for. On the other hand, as for credit card theft online banking is something that actually I’m not a big fan of as it one of the most recent intrusions on an increase. Hence, the reason as to why there is a small number of internet banking and the cause of increased interest for example pay pall !

websites ind identity theft by FirdousFirdous, 02 Feb 2009 12:58

There are several way we can be protected on the internet, there are various software that protect our PC from various viruses and bugs over the internet.
The software includes norton security, AVG, panda, webroot, McAfee, bitdefender and so on. with all this names above the best internet security software can be said as security shield according to a web site: http://www.2009securitysoftwarereviews.com/?refer=GIS&keyword=Einternetsecurity.

Re: Internet Security by flow-adeflow-ade, 02 Feb 2009 12:14

I myself have never experienced Identity theft.

When I'm shopping online I always look out for the HTTPS to show that it is a secure website, and make sure that I trust the website by the look of it, as I wont use a shoddy website that does look like it was thrown together and will not be safe.

I have had fake emails from my bank, that features URLs that look like they go to your bank but infact take you to their servers so when you log in, they get your details.

I have also had this problem with fake websites trying to pass off as facbook or myspace, but my internet security flags this up. I try to be very vigilante to spot the URLs destinations.

The above is described as phishing and my Norton Internet Security prevents this and shows me the saftety of the website.

Anyone ever been victim of phishing?

Phishing by Jflaherty13Jflaherty13, 02 Feb 2009 11:53

I myself have never experienced Identity theft.

When I'm shopping online I always look out for the HTTPS to show that it is a secure website, and make sure that I trust the website by the look of it, as I wont use a shoddy website that does look like it was thrown together and will not be safe.

I have had fake emails from my bank, that features URLs that look like they go to your bank but infact take you to their servers so when you log in, they get your details.

I have also had this problem with fake websites trying to pass off as facbook or myspace, but my internet security flags this up. I try to be very vigilante to spot the URLs destinations.

The above is described as phishing and my Norton Internet Security prevents this and shows me the saftety of the website.

Anyone ever been victim of phishing?

Phishing by Jflaherty13Jflaherty13, 02 Feb 2009 11:53

Identity theft has always been a problem, but with more and more people using the internet, identity theft is now witched from just taking documents out of someones bit, to finding out personal information via the internet. It is different from common identity theft. Common identity theft is things that are physically stolen from you such as credit cards, drivers licence etc but internet identity theft can be much more distressing. Information about you can be stolen and you would not realise it until its too late.

So how does internet identity theft work? Well your computer collects and saves all kinda of information about you and saves it on your hard drive. Files like internet browser history, cache and internet files can be used to copy your online habits. these types of files store internet passwords and usernames and even credit card details. A theif can steal your information by either installing malicious software on your computer (spyware) which they can then use to send all of your details back to them automatically or they can steal your information whilst it is being sent over an unsecured transmission.

To help secure yourself from someone stealing your identity, you need to have good internet security set up on your computer. You need to set up a security system that can block all things that can harm your computer. This can secure your internet browser making it more difficult for thiefs to steal your identity. You also need to delete all temporary files on your computer every now and again, this can be set up on your security package to do it automatically instead of manually.

There are many different types of computer software used to find and get rid of computer viruses and other types of malicious computer software often known as malware. These are known as Antivirus software or simply anti-virus. The first software of this only stopped viruses which is why they are named anti virus’s, but most decent antivirus software will protect computer systems against various malware, such as worms, phishing attacks, root kit virus’s and Trojans.
There are also specific virus removal tools, which are used to discover and remove specific virus’s from an infected computer, unlike many antivirus scanners they are not used to find and delete huge lists of virus’s instead they are after a singular virus, and are a lot more likely to find a specific virus than the antivirus software which searches for more than one type.

There are many issues when choosing an antivirus, for instance Norton software slows down a lot of computers, and some people would rather turn off their antivirus if it is slowing down the computer in an attempt to speed their system up. This defeats the point of having an antivirus as it is software that needs to be on all the time, otherwise the protection is much more lapse.

Anti virus’s themselves can pose a risk as they often run at a system level of privileges, this can mean if the antivirus was exploited it could create a huge security problem, but if the software was run with less privileges it would be very ineffective.

Some antivirus also include renew clauses into the system and the purchaser can be automatically billed without being informed or asked to approve the renewing ,McAfee makes its subscribers unsubscribe two months before the expiration of the current subscription and Norton also renews subscriptions automatically.

Many people also believe that antivirus producers exaggerate the risk of virus’s to boost sales, and some anti virus’s automatically delete infected files, this can pose a risk as sometimes files needed for the system to work can be infected and when they are deleted the system becomes unusable.

Some people take antivirus protection too far and run multiple anti virus’s as they think this will make them secure, but unfortunately this causes conflicts between the two pieces of software. Sometimes it is also needed to turn off antivirus software when installing new updates as sometimes the antivirus will think the software is harmful or malicious, users should only turn off antivirus software to install software if they know 100% the software can be trusted.

In my opinion the worst type of malware is a Trojan, Trojans are software which can often be disguised as another program, and the user downloads the software and unwittingly installs malicious files. The Trojan will then give a user access to the computer through their own computer; this can be as far away as an attacker invading a victim’s computer from another country. Once the hacker has access to the victim’s computer the hacker can view files, change desktops, move files and see what the victim is typing.

Anti-virus Software by Sarah ParringtonSarah Parrington, 01 Feb 2009 23:43

Website theft and fraud can be done at any time without the end user even realising that is being stolen from them. Small companies that are not so well recognised are the ones to watch out for. card transaction can also be stolen with the use at anytime if proper security measure are not taken into account that is why there are is still a short number of internet banking using their accounts online due to this risk, as consumers feels that their personal data is unsecured. This is why a high percentage of banks are now giving higher interests on the internet banking than you would on a normal current bank account. There are Internet companies out there whose main purpose is to secure clients whilst online, a good example of this Pay Pall, which is used by EBay, which has millions of clients worldwide consuming products on a daily basis. They secure your transaction to the point the where by any illegal transaction is done with your account Pay Pall will guarantee you and will compensate the user.

Internet Security by Aisha87Aisha87, 29 Jan 2009 18:44

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