Watch out for URL tooltip scams
Thread poster: Samuel Murray

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Oct 1, 2012

G'day everyone

I just got fooled by a URL tooltip scam e-mail (though fortunately my browser blocked the site the moment I clicked the link). I'm sure I must have known about this trick but for one short moment I forgot about it, and clicked the link. The scammer's trick is to use a fake URL as the link's tooltip text, so if the user forgets to check his browser's status bar for the real URL, he might think the tooltip is the real URL. See screenshot (the fake link popped up when I held my mouse over the link):


[Edited at 2012-10-01 06:38 GMT]

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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Thanks ... Oct 1, 2012

... for the very useful reminder, Samuel.

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