Spoofed Websites

A spoofed website is a site that uses deceptive means to mislead consumers into thinking that it represents a specific business, financial institution, government or charity. These websites generally imitate the real websites to sell products or services that may or may not be authentic, or to obtain sensitive financial or personal information from users. Often they will provide enough information to appear like the real thing, including the location of stores, phone numbers, terms and conditions, and logos.

When entering any form of personal information on a website, make sure you see a padlock next to the address, so you know that no-one else is monitoring what you are entering online. If you don’t see a padlock, someone could steal any personal detail you are entering on the website.