Get Wired November 2016


For government websites that require secure transactions, URLs will always end with Any government transaction or request from websites with URLs ending with .com, .org or .net is a red flag. Also look out for a lock icon symbol, or an URL that starts with https://, two markers that indicate the site is secure. Inform friends and family that public officers will not contact them using personal email addresses. Always check for the extension after the agency’s name.

Check the text

These are warning signs:
  • Weird phrasing that may sound like mistranslations
  • Grammatical errors such as odd capitalisation and misplaced punctuation
  • Lengthy fine print that calls for payment

Requests for personal info

Never type your particulars such as your address, NRIC number, credit card numbers and account details (username and password) into forms via links in emails. Go directly to the bank or government website to log in or do any transactions.

Other suspicious activity

Was the lobang (good offer) shared by someone who would usually not share such information? Be alert – this could be a sign of a bot or that your contact has been hacked.

Read more: & How to spot a fake government website

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