I was trying to renew my EHIC card and found it wasn’t free any more. Is it? I searched some discussions (e.g., here) and realised that websites like this and this are spoof sites. They charge you £9 plus for the online service. How annoying it is!

As such thing happens, I wonder if detecting fake resources will be a part of information/digital literacy skills?

On the Phil Bradley’s website, it lists “Fake websites or spoof websites. Examples of false sites to aid in evaluating internet resources”.

To avoid unpleasant online experience, I would suggest:

  • If you have any doubts of the website/email, don’t continue! Do some research and ask other people.
  • If you don’t know much about the service shown on the website, don’t carry on! Do some research, read the Terms and Conditions, or ask other people.
  • Be suspicious of any website/email that asks for your personal or financial information.
  • Check the address starts with “https://” rather than just “http://”.
  • Check if the logo or text on the website/email appears in poor resolution.
  • Check if it provides a full UK postal address, location, and telephone number. Phone them and check it out.
  • Install comprehensive security software.
  • Use common sense – ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is’.
  • Educate yourself and keep your awareness of cyber security.

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