The wonders of a Link OR Link secrets
The magic link, OR Link secrets
How to find the real address a link is pointing to
How many times you got an email that appears to have come from eBay but it was not ?
How many time you suspected an email you got is a phishing email ?
You probably asked yourself many times how do I verify an email and make sure it is legit? This article will show you a quick way to find out if an email is a phishing or legit.
About the author: Avi Schneor, B.Sc. TE with Teaching diploma. eBay member since 1999, eBay coach with proven record in selling and buying. Author of eCommerce, How-To and modding articles and guides.
1. If an email you got to your personal email box was not received in your message box in your ‘my-eBay’, than it is probably NOT from eBay.
2. eBay again and again says it will never ask for your username + password in an email.
So, if this email eventually leads to a page that asks for both, than it is not from eBay, no matter if the page looks identical to eBay page.
Everyone that knows little html knows that a link tag <a href=> consist of 2 parts, the text which is shown to the viewer and its link address. The link address is where you’ll be forwarded when clicking on the marked text that you are presented.
Address may contain a long string, but what matters is the last site pointer of it.
For example, the following address: http://paypal.com.ebay.com.phishing.co.uk/ebay/auction1 is leading to the site phishing.co.uk (=the last site pointer) no matter what its prefix is !
All text after the ‘/’ sign is the file location under the last pointer site. So in this example, the file auction1 which is the target of this link since it is the last one, is located in directory /ebay which resides under site phishing.co.uk
The prefix of phishing.co.uk is a subdomain name of that site.
As explained above. http://cgi.ebay.com.jki.co.mx goes to jki.co.mx and NOT to eBay as you might think, ebay is not the last pointer.
Hover your mouse cursor over the link, DON’T CLICK IT!, just hover above and in your browser’s status-bar or next to the link (depends on your email client/browser) you’ll see the link string where the link text actually leads to.
Remark: In some versions of IE and Gmail the link string may not show, still you can use the ‘copy shortcut/copy link address’ that copies the link where it leads (right click of your mouse while hovering the presented link text) and paste it in wordpad etc. to reveal it.
That easy is to monitor the links in an email and verify it is going to a legit site.
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