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Can you tell the difference between a scam and a real message? Take our test

Scams are rampant and getting more sophisticated every day.

Scammers are clever at ripping off big brands and giving victims a false sense of security.

Scammers always come up with new ideas to scam people

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Scammers always come up with new ideas to scam peopleCredit: Alamy

It became known this week Facebook is the most imitated company, followed by Microsoft and WhatsApp.

Can you spot a real email or message from a trusted name versus fake names?

See if you can identify the real and fake examples below.

Instagram

Real or fake?

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Real or fake?Photo credit: Kaspersky

This email has been circulating for a while, telling Instagram users that their account has been suspended due to apparent copyright infringement.

It looks pretty real with the Instagram logo at the top and very much in the vein of Instagram’s usual emails.

But it really is FAKE.

Once users click the button to verify their account and enter their login credentials, hackers steal the information you entered.

If you get a message like this, it’s always best to visit the official website yourself and see if you have any clues that way, rather than going through the links.

A big clue to look out for here, too, is the email address.

You would expect an official email to come from instagram.com, not theinstagram.team.

Microsoft

Real or fake?

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Real or fake?

If you’ve signed up to receive notifications when a new device is used to sign in to your Microsoft account, you can expect something like this.

The e-mail address is still crucial – and this comes from microsoft.com.

That’s why it is REAL.

But be careful, many scammers try to pull this off as well.

If you are not sure, it is best to go through the official website yourself instead of clicking on links.

HMRC

Real or fake?

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Real or fake?

A tax return sounds very tempting indeed.

But you probably won’t get a text like that, that’s why FAKE.

Look at the web address – it may contain “gov.uk” but after getting random words and numbers that don’t make sense – an instant red flag.

About

Real or fake?

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Real or fake?

One trick scammers love is to trick you into showing knee-jerk reactions.

Seeing a fee of £217 is enough to make anyone panic and run to solve it without considering if it’s real or not.

In this case it is FAKE.

The link is fake and should not be clicked.

You can find everything related to your rides directly in the Uber app, do everything there to be safe.

Facebook

Real or fake?

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Real or fake?

Account login codes are another way scammers try to get at you.

Not only is this email using a dubious email address, it also has odd spelling and grammar.

That’s why it is FAKE.

banking

Real or fake?

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Real or fake?

Banking is the biggest thing you really need to be extra careful about.

That email states that the bank uses your title, last name, and the last four digits of an account you have to help you identify a real email.

There are also no alarming prompts or links to click – so nothing for them to gain.

So this example is REAL.

Still, go through the official banking website yourself if you are unsure.

Scams have increased dramatically since the pandemic began

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Scams have increased dramatically since the pandemic beganCredit: Alamy

In other news, people are increasingly unable to distinguish fake faces created by AI from real ones. new research suggests.

Websites could crash in a few months if owners don’t make major changes ahead of Chrome, Edge, and Firefox ‘Version 100’ update.

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