How to Distinguish a Fake Website? Guide for Nigerian Citizens


Very often, fraud on the Internet occurs through the creation of phishing sites by attackers.

Having switched to such a resource, a person unconsciously transfers his confidential data, logins and passwords, as well as bank card numbers to scammers.

Sometimes recognizing a fake site is very simple: each of its visitors is declared a winner and promised a prize, but at the same time they are asked to transfer money for its delivery. Such sites live on average for about five days. The gift trick is quite old and, fortunately, a very small percentage of Internet users now fall for this scam.

However, the scammers do not sleep. And they have already learned how to fake sites, so much so that it is almost impossible to distinguish them from the original. Despite the identical appearance, users still have several ways to recognize a fake and avoid leaking valuable information or personal money. Here are some steps that will help Nigerian citizens to avoid being a victim of scams.


The user should be alerted that the site address does not have a green padlock confirming that the established HTTPS connection is secure, even though it starts with the usual … or with https:///… (followed by the full Internet -address). 

For example when you visit 22Bet – Legal betting in Nigeria sportsbook, you need to carefully pay attention to its address. There are dangers, that you might end up on a fake website, where you will lose a lot of money.


Any typos, grammatical or stylistic errors on the resource are also a reason to confirm that this site is fake. This is something a lot of Nigerian users tend to overlook while visiting websites.


The fact of detecting the registration of an Internet site on a web server of another state will also become very doubtful. For example, when a company is Nigerian, and its servers are located abroad, or vice versa, the payment system is registered as a European one, but the servers are displayed on the territory of Nigeria.


To confirm the guess that the site on which the user is located is the brainchild of a swindler, the address of the resource itself will help. Its ending should not confuse the user – it is familiar to most network visitors. Examples of such domain name completions are com, org, net and info. Of course, there are other address bar endings for sites that are absolutely safe for visitors, but when in doubt, excessive vigilance certainly does not hurt.


The age of the site is also a good indicator. However, upon verification, it turns out that the resource was created recently and paid for in an extremely short time. In this case, there is no doubt that this site is a phishing site: it is 100% proof of a fake.