In this digital age, knowing how to spot fake websites is not just helpful; it’s the key to protecting yourself online – everything from your personal identity, your financial information and logins for your email and social media.

Here are some tell-tale signs of a fake website:

Check if the URL
is misspelled

One key indicator of a fake site is a misspelled URL. Fraudsters may change up a URL name slightly, like using, or they may change the domain extension — like instead of

Look out for
the lock

The padlock usually means that information on a site is encrypted, and browsers will consider it secure. If the address of the webpage where you submit information is unsecured – meaning it does not start with “http://” and the padlock symbol is missing from the status bar, close the page immediately.

Look beyond
the lock

There should be a padlock icon on the URL bar at the top left of your browser window. If it’s not there, it’s not a secure site and you should not provide your personal or financial details. You should also check the payment options at checkout stage to see if it has a trust seal – this symbol means the payment and brand are legitimate, and safe to do business with.

Use website

When in doubt, use a website checker to verify if a website is secure. Alternatively, do a quick search on Google and you will be able to see reviews on the website searched.

Additional ways to verify a website

Besides checking for misspellings, padlocks and running the URL through a website checker, also look for the following trust indicators on a site:

A privacy policy

A return policy

Contact information for the business, like a phone number and address

What to do if you stumble upon a fraudulent website?

  • Report the fake site to Google Safe Browsing and leave it right away.
  • Do not provide any sensitive information like financial details, a login and password, verification codes, a Facebook login, or even your name and contact information.
  • Do not click on links from unfamiliar emails, online posts, or DMs.

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Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented blow to the tourism industry, affecting the livelihoods of millions of workers. One of them was Komsan, an assistant chef in a luxury hotel based in the Srinakarin area.

As the number of tourists at the hotel plunged, he decided to sign up as a GrabFood delivery-partner to earn an alternative income. Soon after, the hotel ceased operations.

Komsan has viewed this change through an optimistic lens, calling it the perfect opportunity for him to embark on a fresh journey after his previous job. Aside from GrabFood deliveries, he now also picks up GrabExpress jobs. It can get tiring, having to shuttle between different locations, but Komsan finds it exciting. And mostly, he’s glad to get his income back on track.