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While offices might have closed for the Christmas and New Year Holiday, actually scammers are even more at work.

Most times, someone contacts you out of the blue pretending to be from a legitimate business such a bank, telephone or internet service provider or e-commerce platform, as the case with much circulated ‘Jumia Voucher’, you may be contacted by email, social media, phone call, or text message, but this time, domain name was actually given out. Jumia has since denied issuing the online voucher.

This is the work scammers or phishing scams; an attempt by scammers to trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.

Scammers like this ‘feed on people’s’ naivety, greed and quest for freebies. We understand, companies like e-commerce site, often times do appreciate their customers by giving coupons/vouchers; which is commendable, but the reading public should exercise caution before clicking. You can see the impact of such scam in the graph below:

This data is based on reports provided to the ACCC by web form and over the phone. scamwatch.gov.au

Actually, when the supposed Jumia voucher circulated, mostly via social media platforms, someone it became necessarily to educate the people in other not to fall prey.

A writer drew our attention to this piece below, which we have tried to verify the author, but to no avail. That’s why we are using anonymous author; however, the information contained are relevant in this case. Read and Learn:

“For those who are not into ICT or do not understand the ethics of the internet, please get this knowledge and hold on to it for your future decisions when people start posting links telling you to claim some unrealistic gifts or whatever.

“In internet terminologies, we have what is called TLD which stands for ‘Top Level Domain. The TLDs tell you more of the type of website you are visiting for which the domain is standing for. Examples are ….com which stands for commercial (that’s for businesses); .org for organizations; .net for networks; .edu for education; .mil for military; .gov for government, among others

TLDs can also come by being country specific.

Examples are…ng for Nigeria; .fr for France; .us for USA; .uk for United Kingdom, etc.

TLDs can still be matched for its purpose and country specific.

Examples…com.ng for Nigerian commercial websites.

.gov.ng for Nigerian government websites

“Now when people decide to create a website, they choose a name for their domain and for the purpose of the website, also choose its TLD.

Example…adisfunn.com; microsoft.com; safe-haven.win; church.net; nta.com.ng; scoan.org, etc.

“Now out of domains, we have what is called sub-domain. A sub-domain exists as a child of its mother domain. If there is no domain, there will be no sub-domain.

This data is based on reports provided to the ACCC by web form and over the phone. scamwatch.gov.au

“A sub-domain can exist as a separate website of its own but will always rely on its mother domain to exist. It is always attached to the mother domain. Example…news.microsoft.com

“In the example above, Microsoft is the domain. .com is the TLD for commercial purpose; news is the subdomain

“So in clarity, news is the subdomain of microsoft domain existing on the .com TLD for commercial purpose. Subdomain always comes from the left side of all links

“Just like we have subdomain, we also have sub-subdomain. In this the sub-subdomain relies on the subdomain which in turn relies on the domain. Example…tech.news.microsoft.com

“And then we have more subs of preceding subdomains and so on till when the owner of the website gets tired of creating subs.

“Always remember that all subs come from the left side of links.

“To know the real owner of a link posted, first look at the domain name which is always at the right side of the link.

“Whatever you see there tells you if the link is original or fake phishing link. Like in the Jumia nonsense link that has been going on, I will analyse it now below

http://jumia.com.ng.new-vouchers.win

“The real Jumia website we know is Jumia.com.ng

“In the posted fake link above, if you look closely, you will see that jumia.com.ng came first in the link from the left side

“This tells you that it is a sub sub subdomain of the domain new-vouchers.win

“The main website of that link is new-vouchers.win

This data is based on reports provided to the ACCC by web form and over the phone. scamwatch.gov.au

“They created the sub sub subdomain jumia.com.ng to deceive people into thinking they are actually visiting Jumia.com.ng

“Remember, always study the links you receive to know the real owner before clicking it.

“Rule of thumb, read from the right of every links to know the real domain before clicking

“Anything from the left side is just a sub

“Please Now that I have giving you this knowledge, kindly share”.

Source: Anonymous

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