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Definition: fake website


A website that is not a legitimate venue. For example, the site is designed to entice the visitor into revealing sensitive information, to download some form of malware or to purchase products that never arrive.

Fake Sites Can Look Real
It is very easy to copy pages from a legitimate website and turn them into a bogus site because the function is inherent in every Web browser. Anyone can also register a slightly modified URL so that typos cause a landing on the fake site. For example, micrsft.com could be a fake URL, and pages and elements extracted from the real Microsoft website can make people believe they are on the legitimate site. See fake news, deepfake, fake fans and scareware.