How To Spot a Fake or Phishing Scam Site
Phishing emails or websites are designed to look like they are from legitimate banks, businesses, and organizations.
In an effort to steal your money, identity, or both, scammers usually make formal letters and websites that look exactly the same as the legit ones. They want you to click links that will take you to a website that looks authentic but is really just there to capture your credit card or other personal information, or perhaps to distribute malware.
Now that cryptocurrency is starting to gain attention, the number of people who want to steal your money is also increasing. NEM is one of those in the lookout for crooks who want to deceive its users. There have been numerous scam situations involving fake NEM sites and fake downloadable NEM wallets.
Here are some ways to spot phishing or scam NEM links:
1. Incorrect URL and incorrect spelling – if the email address doesn’t seem familiar to you at all or is different from the one you’re used to go to when logging in to your online bank accounts or organization’s sign up page, you are most probably not at the real site. Always double check the spelling and make sure that the site address is accurate.
Note that NEM only has one official website: https://nem.io/
And you can download its NanoWallet here: https://nem.io/downloads/
2. Website Security – the next thing to check if you’re about to provide your confidential information is the security certificate (SSL) of the website. Most legitimate websites are protected and secure, meaning the websites start with “https.” Note the “s” because it confirms whether a website has a secure connection or not.
3. Low resolution images – your eyes are there to tell you that something is wrong. If you see a blurry image on a website, you can already tell that it’s not legitimate. Scam sites usually use grabbed photos from different places to make it look they are like affiliated with the real one.
4. Immediately asks you for confidential information – Phishing website will immediately direct you to a “provide your information” page. Before you know it, you have already clicked on the submit button because scams are made to capture every single piece of information as fast as they can. It usually shows urgency or warning signs that you need to verify something first before making any transaction–an outright sign of a malicious activity.
So how can you protect yourself?
- Educate yourself – Read on about the latest scams to know what you’re in the lookout for. Be familiar with phishing scams so you can easily recognize them when you see them.
- Read everything – Before providing any information, read everything thoroughly. Grammar mistakes or inaccurate information are telltale signs that you should be suspicious of these websites or emails.
- Trust your instincts – If you have doubts, you can enter a fake password first. This tip is not common, but phishing scams will accept any information you provide them. If the website captured the incorrect information then you know for a fact that what’s in front of you is not legit.
- Be vigilant all the time – Nothing can do so much harm to you if you practice diligence. Always check your transactions and make sure that nothing is suspicious. Make it a habit to reset your password every month. Make sure to create a strong password that uses a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t use nicknames, birthdays, or other information that other people may know.
- Report anything you think is suspicious – If you do come across what looks to be a scam attempt, help yourself and others by reporting it. If you want to report a suspicious NEM wallet or website, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips in protecting your Private Key:
- Open you NEM NanoWallet, click “More,” then “Export Account”
2. When your Public Key appears, click on “View Private Key”
This Private Key can be used to import your NanoWallet to any device. To protect your Private Key:
- Do not give it to ANYONE
- Take a screenshot
- Write it down and make multiple copies of it
- Keep them in a safe place
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