Hover the mouse over the link and you can see where you will be taken to.
That can also be faked.
Good point. I've never done it but I wonder if this would work:
onclick="this.href='http://www.EVIL_SITE.com';">GO TO MY REALLY INNOCENT SITE</a>
HOWEVER that would have to be hand-coded; and forums and other dynamic sites wouldn't do that. I am extremely comfortable hovering over a URL on BITOG and knowing that's where I'd be headed.EDIT
: That code did NOT work on my wife's Win10 machine in Firefox with and without a script blocker nor, oddly, Internet Explorer; but worked on Microsoft Edge and, oddly, Chrome! (So I'd presume, too, all Chromium-based browsers? ANOTHER EDIT
: I couldn't help myself so I downloaded and installed Brave, a Chromium-based browser, and the code worked there, too.)
You can test this yourself by coping and pasting that code into Notepad or some other and saving it as test.html, then opening it with various browsers. Don't worry, there is no "evil_site.com" to be accidentally taken to! :^)