Be careful when you search for these 8 things on Google
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Whenever we need some information we simply rely on Google search. Be it addresses, websites, forms, movies or anything, Google Search has been one of our best friends on the internet. However, relying simply on Google search may land you in trouble at times. This is because the information that you find on Google doesn’t belong to it and is largely unchecked. And scammers have found a way to take advantage of this by optimising search results for fake websites, contact details or addresses. Also, sometimes you may get misinformed when it comes to medical or career advice.


Verifying the authenticity of content found on Google is difficult because Google Search is simply an online platform where you find websites that offer you the information that you need. More than the content, SEO skills play a big role behind what results you get to see on Google Search. And sadly, scammers are slowly taking a lead in this. Here are 8 things you need to be very careful while searching on Google...
Be careful while looking for customer care contact numbers on Google
This is one of the most popular online scams. Fraudsters post fake business listings and customer care numbers on websites to make gullible people believe that these are original customer care numbers to scam them. Most apps have in-built customer care chat windows and do not even have any contact number on which you can call.
​Always double-check the URL when you search for online banking websites on Google
It is highly advisable not to do a Google search to find your bank’s online banking website unless you know the exact official URL. This is because scammers can post fake online banking websites to skim your login details. Always, enter the official URL of your bank’s online banking portal to access the site to stay safe.
​Do not search for apps and software on Google to download them
Avoid searching for apps, software or other files on Google. Always search for apps on official app stores like Google Play for Android and App Store for iPhones. This is because Google is flooded with links to malicious software and apps.
​Always consult your doctor first before searching medicines, medical symptoms on Google
If you are sick, go to a doctor. Google is clearly not a place to search for medicines or health advice. It is highly advisable not to skip the doctor and rely on Google search information to know about a disease while you are sick. Also, it is dangerous to buy medicines based on the information you find on Google.
​Don’t blindly believe medical, nutrition or weight loss tips that find by searching on Google
Every human body is unique and functions differently. So, do not take advice on weight loss or other nutrition tips from Google. If you wish to change your diet go visit a dietician. If you want to lose weight, take advice from a doctor first and then proceed.


Do not believe in personal finances, stock market tips that you find by searching on Google
Like health, personal finance is unique for everyone. There can never be one investment plan that will make everyone rich. So, avoid taking advice from Google search results while investing.
Always verify the URL of government websites when you search on Google
Like banking websites, government websites like municipality tax, hospitals, etc are prime targets of scammers. As it is difficult to identify which website is original, always opt to directly visit any particular government website instead of searching for it on Google.
​Avoid looking for coupons, offers of e-commerce websites on Google
Fake web pages of so-called offers on e-commerce websites have flooded Google search. This is another classic scam in which people are lured with attractive deals to click on malicious websites to steal their online banking login details.



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