A brilliant new tool to combat online scams has been launched this week. Get Safe Online has partnered with Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, to launch ‘Check a Website’, an innovative new feature hosted on www.getsafeonline.org which invites users to check if a website is safe to use before accessing. The service is expected to prevent thousands of people in the UK falling victim to unwanted online scams every year.
Criminals are increasingly turning to the internet to target victims, with malicious and spoof websites becoming all the more sophisticated. These websites are designed to steal the financial and personal details of users, which are often then used to facilitate identity theft. The latest data from Cifas has revealed that there was a 43% increase in cases involving identity fraud filed with the National Fraud Database in Q1 2022 when compared to the same period last year, with 9 in 10 instances of identity fraud taking place online.
‘Check a Website’ is an easy-to-use online tool which helps determine whether a website is likely to be legitimate, before you visit it. Users simply type in the address of the website they want to check, and their results will appear within seconds.
The new tool cleverly uses an algorithm to provide a trust score based on more than 40 data sources, as well as thousands of reports of malicious websites from law enforcement agencies, regulators and consumer brands every week.
You can access this new tool by going to: