Links and Emails: Real vs Fake

Another type of Fake link

Sharing is caring. When it coming sharing the fake, it is not. We share quite a number of stuff on Whatsapp etc, which include Fake links. Sometimes we do various messages that contain links to some offer given by, say, Amazon.

Another type of Fake link
Another type of Fake link

We not only visit ourselves but also shares it with our loved ones. Not only messages you may also land up on some page where the address of the page resembles with some big name you know.

Before processing any further, you should know whether the link is truly from the big name, that it resembles like from Amazon, Flipkart, Jio etc, or not. To understand, you should know the basics of a link.

The Basics…….

Take the example of this very page you are reading this article on. It is written on the top of your screen or page in the address bar. The link is – https://www.geekanalyse.com/blog/2019/02/12/links-and-emails-real-vs-fake/. Now the geekanalyse.com is the domain of the website. Any link which has this domain in the starting of this link (like in this case) is a part of this website.

Taking another example say some link amazon.in/xxxxxxxxx will be an official link of the Amazon India. Any deviation in the domain name like amzon.in (spelling mistake) or something entirely different like amazon-offer.in is completely fake as far as Amazon India is concerned. If Amazon India creates a webpage of some offer it will be like amazon.in/offer. It will have the proper domain name of Amazon India.

An Official Amazon India page with Official link
An Official Amazon India page with Official link

This thing also applies to any other big name website we all know. I hope I am able to make you understand. Please verify the link as fake or real before interacting with the page yourself or sharing it. Some scammers make a website of a similar name we all trust and try to scam. Moreover, they also can make the page look like the original website. Do not fall for it and verify its authenticity yourself.

Emails…….

The similar case is of emails. If you know the sender then it is ok. But if you don’t know and the email is about telling you something you need to do like any warning or error or even some offer, do check the sender of the email. Generally, the emails address contains the username and the service provider under which the name is registered.

Now if we take our case, our email id is geekanalyse@gmail.com. Here geekanalyse is the username and gmail is the service provider. Most big companies have a service provider in their own name. Suppose the official email from State Bank of India will be like xxxxx@sbi.co.in or xxxx@sbi.in.

Fake Email from Faceboook
Fake Email from Faceboook

This is like the service provider is the domain name. Any other can’t have that. So if you receive an email saying it is from SBI and the sender say xxxxx@somecompany.com instead of xxxx@sbi.co.in, you should never click on any link in the email or interact with it.

I hope I was able to make you understand this also. Do write below in the comments about what you felt.

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