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Phishing is a method that scammers use to get personal data by posing to be from a trustworthy source. As a result, there are several people who fall for phishing attacks. We continuously update this forum with details about fake emails that try to access the information, but first we would tell readers how to find fake URLs that could be from potentially infected source.

Fake emails mostly create a sense of urgency and panic and plead readers to act instantly. Our first piece of suggestion is to never click on a link mentioned in a suspicious email. Visit the official website in its place. Do not paste and copy such links blindly.

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Here are some techniques to spot fake links or URLs:

  • Take the mouse cursor over a link before you click. This will find the real destination address in case it is a hidden link.
  • Beware of @ sign in the URL as all web browsers remove characters that appear before the sign. For example, the URL “www.google@wooder.com” will not redirect you to a Google webpage.
  • Verify the spelling of the URL properly. Scammers sometimes modify a single character to try and fool victims. For example, most of the people will feel at first glance that “www.micorsoft.com” is the similar to “www.microsoft.com”.
  • Verify if the URL of the page you are directed to the same as that present in the email.
  • Read the link correctly. For instance, the URL “www.apple.com.wooder.com” will not take you to the official Apple website.
  • Make sure that the link does not begin with an IP address. For example, “http://198.162.256.56/wood/index.htm” is the type of link that you must never trust.

There are multiple services online that shorten URLs to cater to character count limitations. To stop falling for fake shortened URLs you should use a service like “www.longurl.org” that reverses the process to show you the real destination.

On another note, it is also suggested to not download any suspicious files. If it is important, you must download and scan them separately.

The data from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) gives some troubling information. According to them, there were at least 83,083 different phishing attacks worldwide in 190 top-level domains (TLDs) in the second half of 2016. The attacks used 50,298 separate domain names.

In addition, here’s how you can find an authentic URL:

  • Check the greeting. Real emails will greet you in a personal way (either with a username or an account number).
  • Original URLs will have SSL (Secure Socket Layer) safety. This can be finding by reading the URL and finding the term “https”.
  • Real URLs will have a lock symbol at the bottom right corner of the monitor or in the address bar right before the URL. This signifies the digital certificate and you can click on this sign and check authentication data.

We strongly recommend that you make use of the best anti-spam software like AVG Internet Security on your device. This will offer you with real-time security against constant threats and make sure that your PC never fall victim to infected phishing emails. Even if you accidentally open a nasty URL, a strong antivirus will identify threats as soon as they appear on your device.

User can contact AVG Technical Support in case the user is facing trouble with AVG. Technicians is available 24*7 to help the user by taking the remote access of the device. Technicians hired are certified by Microsoft and are highly experienced.