Whenever you want to use your bank account online or contact the bank. You can do that using the official website of the bank. But how you can know if you are on a legitimate website that is owned and operated by your bank? This guide is all about that.
I will tell you two methods by following which you can find the official website of your bank. What the general public should keep in mind is. There are so millions of websites online that publish banking content. But all of those websites are not owned and operated by your bank.
Those are the third-party websites. Even the website which you are currently reading is not an official part of any bank. Account Closers is a banking knowledgebase website. So you should never share any kind of your bank account details on such websites.
There are some websites that look exactly the same as the official website of your bank. This is a technique used by hackers to steal your username, password, etc. This technique is called Phishing, I recommend you to read more about that.
Before you never any kind of sensitive information about your bank account. You have to make sure that you are using the official website of your bank. I will today tell you 2 methods using which you can find that. And the bank officials will never contact you asking for sensitive information about your account. Never share it with anyone.
What are the Typo Mistakes? And Why to Avoid Them?
If you are directly typing the URL of your bank’s website in the address bar of your web browser. Then you should make sure that you don’t make any typo mistakes. Whenever you miss a letter or type in an extra letter that is called a typo mistake.
In this case, you will be taken to another website and not to your bank’s original website. It will be also a phishing website. So you should always make sure and should be double conscious in case you are directly typing the URL.
An Example of a typo mistake, your bank’s website is www.example.com but you have typed exmple.com. Here the letter “a” is missed. You might think it is just a letter. But the browser might take you to an unofficial website which might be posing as the official website of the bank. This is how phishing websites work.
Methods to Find Official Website of the Bank
I have explained two methods you can use below.
Refer to the Backside of your Debit Card
Refer to the example of the Bank of America debit card above.
- Take out your debit card.
- Refer to the backside of your debit card.
- The official website’s URL will be printed on the top corner of the debit card.
Use the Search Engines
Refer to the example above, I have searched for TD Bank on Bing and the first result is the official website.
- Open the search engine of your choice.
- Type the name of your bank.
- In 99.99% of the cases, the first result shown to you will be the official website of your bank.
- Click on the first result and you will be taken to the legit website.
This is how you can find the official website of your bank. Just like that refer to this guide to find out how you can identify the official social media profile of your bank. Please keep in mind that you should never share your account’s sensitive information with anybody.