How to tell a phishing email, lesson #10 – The URL

Here are two emails from Verizon Wireless – one is legit, and one is phishing. They look nearly identical. How can you tell if one is phishing for your confidential information?

Earlier lessons covered such pointers as bad grammar and the return email address. Today, let’s look at the URL!

Both emails have a link where you click to sign in. One URL goes to verizonwireless.com . . . the other URL goes to serv2proc.nl . . . which is in the Netherlands (.nl is the equivalent of .com or .org or .gov).

So – put your mouse over any links that you see, and see where they go – if the company’s name is in the beginning of the URL, that’s a good sign, but if you don’t recognize what you’re looking at, it’s a good time to stop, drop and roll!

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