Spam is almost at every corner of the web, and there’s probably no means of completely getting rid of this problem. However, we need to keep an eye out, especially now since spammers are tricking web users to click on a fake Google.com link.
How To Spot Fake Google Site
No one should be surprised when they come across a spam website that tries to mimic the URL of the real thing, but this one is different because it came close. Internet users should be warned that this particular Google URL looks almost exactly the same. You see, we know the G in Google to be capitalized, and so is the G found on the fake one. However, this is a smaller capitalized G (ɢoogle).
Analytics Edge were the first to come across with this problem via its Google Analytics page. We decided to brave it and visited this strange website to see what’s up. We can say for certain that this is not the real Google homepage; in fact, it looks nothing like it.
Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, so of course there’s a note saying “Trump You Did It” and another praising Americans who voted Mr. Trump. Chances are, if Hillary Clinton had won, we’d be seeing the same thing because spammers jump on anything that is popular, so we won’t view this as politically affiliated.
The page also has links to Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Amazon, Yahoo, and more. We wouldn’t recommend clicking on these links because there’s a good chance something bad could happen.
Some of the other links includes computer programs for download, tech websites and much more. These guys clearly thought of this, and will likely trick anyone who is not computer literate.
Now, as for the link itself, clicking on it brought us to this URL:
That’s a long one, isn’t it? Clear sign that this is a spam link rather than something that won’t cause the user any form of harm.
What About That Weird ɢ?
It’s not a G, in fact, it’s a special character, Unicode 0262 to be exact. Now, it’s part of a URL because international characters can now be added to domain names. Apparently, this was done to allow people to create domains in their native language, so not a bad idea. However, good ideas are usually used in bad ways at times.
We might come across a large increase in phishing until the public at large realizes what’s going on. For now, we can only hope the public catches on quite fast before lasting damages are made.