Caveat Misleading Lying Links

Notice that this email claims that the displayed link goes to linkedin.com. If you hover over the claimed link, however, the actual URL displays at the bottom of most browser windows (Chrome, in this case). This is how spammers entice unsuspecting users to click on potentially dangerous links—displaying a familiar link while leading you elsewhere. Bait and switch.

In this instance, the email correctly ended up in my spam folder. But, this doesn’t always happen. Before clicking on a link—even if it’s one that looks okay—hover over it to verify that it leads to where you think it does.

I don’t know whether energiarosa.com is a malicious site. However, because the spammer is trying to trick me into going to it, I’m not about to oblige. You shouldn’t either.

This entry was posted in Computing. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply