I don’t know how many times I get emails from family and friends that have received emails themselves where they clicked on a link and it took them somewhere they didn’t want to go, or they ended up getting some kind of malware or virus installed on their machine.
I receive emails like these myself, but I’ve just taken for granted I guess at my ability to quickly see hacked links and avoid them. Alghough
In the link below, if you just take a few seconds to look at the link you’ll see that the first part is for a website you’ve probably never heard of, and thus should be distrustful. Then you’ll see the more familiar reference to the CNN News website. This part is included to get people to think it’s a legitimate link. The other think to be aware of is that most of the time, periods are not included in urls except for before the top-level-domain extension (.COM, .NET, .ORG, etc.) and right before the final file name (.htm, .html, .php, .asp, .aspx, .php, etc.)
Long story short, if you see a link that looks like this, DON’T CLICK IT! Just delete the email.