COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

How people get scammed has changed over the years, and the Better Business Bureau has adjusted on how to spot a scam.

There are several red flags to keep an eye out for, including when on a website, dealing with unknown calls or texts, dealing with identity theft, and paying for something.

How to identity a fake website

Scam websites can usually be recognized by URLs, which may look like an actual website, but some significant differences exist.

You could notice something is misspelled, or another word is added to make it seem associated with an actual website.

Also, when dealing with a website, the BBB said legitimate online stores should give you access to a physical address and working phone number. If you can’t find that information, it’s best to find a website that will.

Another thing to look out for is poor design quality. If a website has low-quality visuals and odd layouts, it could be warning signs of a fake website.

How to spot fake text messages

Scammers have started sending out messages, usually pretending to be an organization you recognize and might even trust.

The key is to not click on any links from a number you don’t recognize, especially if it has a message claiming you won something.

Just like with fake websites, you will want to look out for spelling or grammar mistakes. BBB recommends you look up phone numbers before you call or answer the phone and never reply to a number you…

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