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This could catch a few peope out!

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This could catch a few peope out!

My missus got a email from quickquid today on her hudl tablet. She's never used a payday loan but this naturally unsettled her.
It was advising her of the usual account activity thing that phishers are always trying on. Anyway CHROME, yes I say that again, CHROME from GOOGLE on GOOGLES operating system ANDROID doesn't seem to have a way to look at where the link points to.
On a PC you just put the mouse pointer over the link and see the address it's pointing to. You can then see if the links are scams or genuine (not that I ever click any financial related links in emails but you know what I mean). Anyway with this thing there is no way to do that.
Think about this logically. Payday loan companys are almost tripping over themselves to lend people cash at sky high rates. If you're on a tablet and you suddenly get an email from one saying you've had suspicious activity on your account (assuming you actually do have one) and you can't see the link points to a totally different server, you could quite legitimately click it and login - to a fake site where someone else will then login to your real account and take out money on your behalf.
I'll bet quite a few phishers have got lucky like this thanks to the ablet addicts (there used to be a time when those two words together sounded so wrong!). Be careful people and don't bother clicking links for anything financial on tablets.
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DaveyH
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Re: This could catch a few peope out!

i bet most on Android are using the Gmail app and not the browser and wouldn't have seen the email in the first place since Google are pretty good at catching this stuff
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Re: This could catch a few peope out!

Last time I used Chrome on Android simply pressing and holding on the link brought up a box displaying the URL and offering several options (open, save link, copy link URL and the like).
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Re: This could catch a few peope out!

Quote from: DaveyH
i bet most on Android are using the Gmail app and not the browser and wouldn't have seen the email in the first place since Google are pretty good at catching this stuff

If it was a gmail account whether you looked in the browser or in the gmail app the folder contents would be the same, so it would have been in spam anyway.
I suspect it would have been some other mail platform, probably Yahoo.
As waldo says a long press on the link brings up the url with options.
I'm sure google will accept your apology Wink
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DaveyH
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Re: This could catch a few peope out!

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If it was a gmail account whether you looked in the browser or in the gmail app the folder contents would be the same, so it would have been in spam anyway.

Thats my point. Who checks their spam regularly? Its only really if you're expecting something and doesn't show up in the inbox, and i'd hope people are sensible enough not to be clicking links in spam.
And I don't sync the spam folder on my android devices, so wouldn't see it...
dick:green Quote fixed.
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Re: This could catch a few peope out!

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Thats my point. Who checks their spam regularly?

I do, just in case...
I frequently check emails while out and about using the SmartPhone but always leave them on the sever and download them once home on the PC. I have several email accounts but only check three of them when out.

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