Phishing links are links which fraudsters use to trick people into providing the access credentials to online accounts. If you click such a link, they can then use your personal information to commit identity theft, charge your credit cards, empty your bank accounts, read your email, and lock you out of your online account by changing your password. Phishing links are usually sent in phishing emails and often lead to a phishing website.
Since phishing links are rigorously filtered out by email clients you should make sure that nothing in your email content could be mistaken for anything malicious. This page will help you avoid the most obvious pitfalls.
What is a phishing attempt?
If the text part of the link is made up or straightforward, readable text, we are usually not talking about a possible phishing attempt. However, if the text part contains a URL and that has a different domain name than the URL in the
href part, it will be interpreted as (and most likely is) a phishing attempt.
In other words, if a domain links to a domain, that domain must be the same in the text part and the link.
Please note that every type of domain is included here, so if the link has a subdomain, for example, and there is a difference in this, it will also count as a phishing attempt.