Identify & Protect yourself fromOnline Fraud How to identify a Fake email / website?
Fake emails / websites are not always easy to identify, however below given indicators can help you safeguard yourself against such emails or websites, should you ever come across one of these:
Below are some tips for recognizing whether you have possibly been a victim of fraud:
- Asking for sensitive information? Fake emails claim that your information has been compromised due to which your account has been de-activated/suspended, and hence ask you to confirm the authenticity of your information/ transactions.
- Appear to be from a legitimate source: While some emails are easy to identify as fraudulent, others may appear to be from a legitimate source. However, you should not rely on the name or address in the "From" field alone, as this can be easily duplicated.
- Contain spelling mistakes: Very often, such 'phishing' mails may contain several spelling mistakes and even the links to the counterfeit websites may contain a URL with spelling mistakes in order to take you to a website which looks very similar, however it is not. Whenever you use a link to access a website, be sure to check for the URL of the website and compare it with the original. It is recommended that you type the URL yourself whenever you access DSPBR MF website or you may bookmark/store the same in your 'List of Favorites'.
- Contain gifts, prizes or other offers: Some fake emails promise an offer, prize or gift certificate in exchange for completing a survey or answering a few questions. In order to collect the alleged prize, you may be asked to provide your personal information.
- Contain fraudulent job offers: Some fake emails appear to be sent by companies to offer you a job. These are often work-at-home positions which are actually schemes that victimize both the job applicant and other customers. Be sure to confirm that the job offer is from a genuine and reputed company.
- Link to counterfeit Web sites: Fake emails may direct you to counterfeit Web sites carefully designed to look real. Hence such websites may look very similar and familiar to you, but are actually used to collect personal information for illegal use.
- Looks like a genuine Web site: Spoof web sites can be more difficult to detect, because even the address bar and padlock symbol that appear in your browser window can be faked. To make sure you are on our site, type in www.dspblackrock.com and see if you get to the same place.
- If you did not receive any assistance or statement by mail.
- If unexpected load / tax deducted on your folio.
- If there are unidentified transaction on your folio.