Cybercriminals want to direct you to their websites so they can steal your personal information and bank details. They can then take over your accounts or steal money from your bank account. Nobody visits fake websites because they want to. They’re tricked into doing so by phishing messages. Cybercriminals send out fake messages with links to their websites. By using intimidating messages or making offers that are too good to be true, they lure you into clicking on their link. This should be avoided, which is why it is important for you to learn to recognise fake messages.
Some phishing messages are so well written that they are very difficult to identify. Because we’re used to browsing quickly we sometimes click on a link by accident. Too late? Not necessarily! When you click on a link in a phishing message, you will be redirected to a fake website. The data you enter here will be misused by cybercriminals to take over your accounts or to steal money from your bank account. So please follow these tips:
- Be careful when you are asked to complete your password or bank details on a website
- Check the domain name in the website’s URL. You will find it at the top of the page. Is the domain name (the word before the .be, .com, .eu, .org, ... and before the first slash "/”), really the name of the organisation?
- In the URL “https://www.safeonweb.be/tips” the domain is “safeonweb”.
- In the URL “https://www.safeonweb.tips.be/safeonweb” the domain is “tips” and will lead you to another website.
- In the example in the photo, the domain name is “kbc-touch”, which is not your bank’s real name!
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- Instead of clicking on a link in a message, please search for the right website yourself!
- If you have entered a password that you also use elsewhere, change it immediately. Change it everywhere you use it.
- If you have entered your credit card or debit card details, notify Card Stop 078 170 170 (+32 78 170 170 from abroad).
- Contact your bank immediately, to block your last payment and possibly also your account.
- If you notice that money has been stolen from your bank account, be sure to file a complaint with the police.
- Forward the suspicious message you clicked on to email@example.com
Some links contain viruses. Sometimes a link can simply be used to install malicious software on your computer. Even if you are not necessarily redirected to a fake website or asked to encode your data, simply clicking on the link or opening the attachment can download a virus onto your computer.
So it’s important never to click on links in fake messages!
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