Characteristics Of A Legitimate Payday Loan Site
Safety and security are big concerns for most people who use the web on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there are people on the web who also want to trick you into visiting fake sites designed to install bad software on your computer or steal your information. These scammers create realistic-looking payday loan sites that are in fact criminal in nature. In fact, scammers have become sneaky enough to make sites that are difficult to tell are fake. Here are a few clues that a potential loan site could be untrustworthy:
- Look for "https" in the website address: No matter what web browser you use, in the address bar you can see every site address begin as "http" in order to point you where the site is. For sites that have been built securely, you will see an "s" at the end, making the address start with "https." The "s" indicates that the site is on a secure server, and your connection to it is safe. If you're going to visit a site that will collect any personal information, always double-check that the address in the address bar starts with "https" before submitting anything.
- Also look out for the image of a lock on your browser: One simple way to check if a site is secure is to look for a lock image that should appear near the address bar near the top of your browser. For Internet Explorer users, the lock is on the right side of the address bar, and Chrome and Firefox users will see it on the left side. A lock icon (it's usually green) will show you that the site you're visiting is secure.
"scammers have become sneaky enough to make sites that are difficult to tell are fake"
- Clickable security logos: One of the moves that fake sites make is using the logos of trusted online security and privacy companies – logos that aren't clickable – in order to lure you into a false sense of security. In fact, if the logos aren't clickable, beware. Websites that are truly secure and that keep your information private should gladly link to the services that keep their customers' information secure and private. Clicking on these images should show you how companies are working together to keep you protected.
- Warnings about unsafe information transfers: Each website is different, but many of them will have both secure and unsecure pages on them – which means you should be extra careful. Most browsers will send you a pop-up window to warn you that certain pages may not be secure and if you want to continue. Always make sure you know what kind of page you're on and what kind of page you're clicking to. Legitimate sites will make sure that any and all pages that take personal information are secure.
Privacy and security are essential at Money Mutual. When you use our website to help get matched with our network of participating lenders, we always take steps to make sure that your information is kept safe.
When you're looking for emergency cash, don't be fooled by the fake sites trying to steal your money or information. Reputable payday loan sites should be looking out for their customers to make sure their information isn't stolen. Always be on the lookout for what's in a safe site!