I think most people know that “phishing” is a type of fraud where sensitive financial information is stolen, usually via e-mail or instant message.
Today I received a phishing e-mail from a fake PayPal.com, which looked authentic. It took me a few minutes to figure out their scam.
The e-mail asked me to click on: “https://www.paypal.com…”
But when I moved my cursor over the link, the actual site appeared in the lower left corner of my browser:
The HTML code would look something like this:
Where the real link is the first one after the <a href= HTML code.
Of course the lesson here is to always open a new brower window, and manually type in the web site whenever doing any online banking, or anything financially related.