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Spoofing Paypal Scam Tactic

by / Friday, 15 September 2017 / Published in News

Spoofing is when a hoax website is constructed to deceive visitors and gather information for malicious intent. Watch out for these dangerous websites. Even giants like Paypal have issues with spoofs. Nope, this isn’t a typo.
This is an example of the way attackers spoof the Paypal site. Changing one letter of the website address is a common way for hackers to spoof a domain. It is so close that with a quick glance, many visitors don’t even realize they are not on a legitimate site. The design of these spoofed websites is mimicked so you really can’t tell the difference, but the website address can never be duplicated exactly.

Why are spoofed sites dangerous?
The goal of these types of websites is to gather data. While you may think you are simply logging into the Paypal site to make a payment, it’s really a phishing site that records the user name and password you enter and repeatedly says you’ve entered it wrong. As you continue to try other passwords the site will keep those too. From there, attackers use the data you’ve entered to attempt logins on various websites like banks, social media and medical sites.

Keep your eye on the domain.
The website address, also known as a domain name, will help you identify a spoofed website. Sometimes these domains will come to you in a spam message, but they are prevalent in online advertisements too. Be aware of the way these spoofing sites work and if you are at all suspicious, don’t enter your password information.