PSA: Beware of Spam Sites Impersonating OffGamers

PSA: Beware of Spam Sites Impersonating OffGamers

 

It has come to our attention that there have been a lot of spam websites that have been using OffGamers’ name to promote their own agendas.

As such, we need to make sure that our customers are made aware of these ongoing spams as these individuals/entities are not in any way related to OffGamers.

Here’s what you need to know about these spam sites:

 

Spam Site Example

 

What is a Spam Site?

 

Spam sites are websites that have an insurmountable amount of content that is designed to increase their site’s ranking. The problem with this is that most of the content from these spam sites is of low quality and sometimes even malicious.

These spam sites are located everywhere across the Internet. There isn’t one single user for the spam sites as they all come from different sources. Hence, the duty is on you to be aware of these sites and take the best precautions against them.

 

Spam Site Detection

 

How to Detect a Spam Site?

 

Fortunately, spam sites have some very noticeable giveaways. For one, these sites will have tons of backlinks that link to dubious sites. While some of these backlinks may be harmless, there are redirects that will automatically download random software into your device without your consent.

Another quirk in a spam site is its layout. Most of the time, spam sites are poorly maintained and their web layout will look messy and unorganised. For instance, spam sites usually have their illustrations and formatting way out of place.

If you want to dig deeper, read up on the content that is written on the site. Spam sites tend to have incoherent sentences with little to no meaning. All they want is a line where they can place their backlink to boost their traffic.

 

OffGamers Spam

 

Malicious Links Found in Comments

 

As we’ve mentioned, spams are all over the place—even on reputable sites. These subtle spams are commonly found in the comments section from throwaway accounts.

These commenters usually lurk in the depths of blogs and will use other legitimate entities to certify their credibility. An example of this is shown in the screenshot above. It is an individual attempting to use OffGamers’ name in the comment section to promote its services.

To snuff out these spam comments, be sure to look at the username of the account as they tend to use names that are very generic or nonsensical.

You can even go the distance by checking the account’s date of creation or number of comments. Most spam accounts have recent creation dates and an insanely high amount of comments.

 

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What Precautions Can You Take?

 

While there isn’t a sure-fire way to curb the spamming issue, there are some precautions you can take to reduce your chances of entering an unsafe site or clicking on a malicious link.

These precautions include:

 

  1. Have an up-to-date antivirus software

On the off chance that you do enter a malicious site, most popular antivirus software will give you a warning, preventing you from further proceeding.

 

  1. Make sure the website is encrypted

An encrypted site means that their information is safeguarded. If you notice that a site is not SSL encrypted, be sure to not enter your personal information into it.

 

  1. Make sure your web browser is updated

Web browsers are constantly being updated. These updates usually include patches for security flaws. Therefore, be sure that you are browsing on a browser that has all security bases covered.

 

  1. Don’t enter a website riddled with advertisements

Having one or two banner ads is fine, but when a website is flooded with pop-ups, it is a huge red flag and you should immediately close the tab.

 

Final Thoughts

Remember, at the end of the day, the first line of defence is you. Always be aware and do your due diligence in checking each site you enter beforehand. All the information from OffGamers is found only on our official website, blog and corp site.

 

The links to these sites are:

 

Official site

https://www.offgamers.com/

 

Blog site

https://blog.offgamers.com/blog

 

Corporate site

https://corp.offgamers.com/

 

Stay safe and continue to enjoy shopping with us!

   

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