Phishing Avoidance

Phishing emails are becoming more sophisticated so it is harder to determine whether the email is legitimate or a scam. One dead giveaway that it is a scam is to hover over the links to see if it will take you where you would expect it to. For example, a link saying you will be going to lifesci.ucsb.edu should take you to lifesci.ucsb.edu rather than to some other random website. Here's an example of a phishing email.

Hovering over the "manage your account online" takes you to some random website rather than Verizon.com. Note: It does not matter what the content says.
This link should take you to Google
At the bottom of the application window or web-browser, look to see where the link takes you
This link should take you to www.amazon.com
Hovering over it shows that it does take you to www.amazon.com
This link is suppose to take you to www.google.com
Hovering over it shows that it takes you to www.msn.com instead. Bad link
This link claims to take you to Amazon
Hovering over it takes you to some random site. Bad link
Link from a web browser saying it will take you to lifesci.ucsb.edu
Hovering over it shows that it does take you to lifesci.ucsb.edu. Good link