SCAM ALERT: One typo could lead to identity theft

Published: Jan. 9, 2018 at 6:14 AM EST
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It turns out, words can hurt after all, if you misspell them online, at least.

Reports say that scammers are working to take advantage of your typos through a method called typosquatting.

Scammers will buy a domain similar to that of a popular site, like Netflix or Google, but misplace a letter. For example, instead of reading "", the site will read "," without the c. Scammers hope when you go to access the verified sites, your fingers will slip and you'll wind up on their fake website, instead.

These fake sites will include a variety of advertisements or links to claim a "prize," but it's really a ploy to steal your personal information. In other scenarios, a link will infect your computer with a virus, according to security experts.

Experts with the security firm Endgame warn that people should always stick to encrypted and trusted websites, as well as refrain from clicking on links and e-mails that are unsolicited.

They say it's also a good idea to monitor your financial accounts regularly to review any suspicious activity.

If you have fallen victim to this scam, consider freezing your credit reports to prevent any new accounts from opening in your name.

For a full list of potentially dangerous domains, click