Fraudulent websites and fake shops


That hackers try everything to get to people’s data is nothing new. You have to be on guard when emails with links or attachments end up in your own mailbox. But there is also great danger on websites and in online shops. Because not all of them are serious.

What are fraudulent websites?

Basically, you should think that you have now understood the Internet. You enter a domain or search in a search engine and get to a website. There you scroll and click a little through the pages and then skip again. Projects completed. No damage.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Where hackers are, there’s always danger. And hackers are now on the Internet. In addition to dangerous links, attachments and downloads, there are also entire websites whose visit can already cause great damage to their own computer.

These websites come in different guises. Fake shops are particularly common. Internet users are lured via links to the page, where no goods are offered. Or counterfeit goods. Or not the goods promised via the link. But the goal is not to sell goods. The visit alone can make sure that malware is downloaded in the background and lands on the hard drive. And already the virus or the Trojan is there and is doing its wrong.

It may also be that a fake shop is equipped with “real” offers and is based on the registration of customers. As a result of this registration, the hackers will of course have personal data that they can continue to use. After all, phishing is always popular with hackers.

Another stitch is websites that attract sweepstakes. If you sign up for such a raffle, you tap directly into a subscription trap and sign up for a paid membership. It can probably be cancelled somehow, but for that you have to get it first and then you have the effort. You’d better stop it.

As always: Do not visit a website that you do not trust and never sign up somewhere where you are not sure if the offer is serious.

Detect fraudulent websites and fake shops

Fraudulent websites and fake shops can be detected by paying attention to the details. It is very important that pages with “http” are always more insecure than pages with “https.” The latter are provided with encryption, which makes unauthorized access difficult. However, this does not yet indicate a foul side.

Better to recognize are “wrong” websites at the address. This usually resembles a known address, but contains spelling errors or unusual additions.

The browser sometimes asks for a security exception and indicates that an invalid certificate exists. In this case, you should make a sheet around the corresponding side.

If you go to a website, you can also look for noticeable problems. A fraudulent website is recognizable, for example, by its design, which is similar to that of the original, but usually has certain differences.

If there is no imprint on the website and above all no contact details, you can be sure that it is fraud.

Once you get to the point where you want to log in, there can still be inconsistencies here. For example, if unusual data such as TAN numbers are queried.

In all of these cases, you should leave the page quickly and make a virus check on your computer. Better safe than sorry.


Fraudulent websites and fake shops often resemble other sites. The goal is to get to the data of the customers who are falsely staying on the fake pages or even logging in. Fortunately, most fraudulent websites are quite easy to identify.