I've just receieved an email purporting to come from Amazon about a concelled order. This turns out to be a phishing email (confirmed by Amazon). I did not open the email, although the contents were visible in the viewing panel (Outlook 2003), I used Kasperski to send it to the Junk Folder and then cleared that folder. Would the phishing bit still have managed to phish without opening it? Do I need to change all my passwords and bank cards?
Sea Urchin beat me to the keyboard - switch off viewing panel. Years ago it was the easiest way to get a virus onto your system, so I never have it on; unfortunately stores seem to sell all PCs with the option switched on. YOU haven't opened the email but your computer has done it for you - same outcome! In Outlook EXpress/windows mail/whatever go to View>layout and then remove tick in "show viewing pane" . Then click Apply & OK.
Problem with your suggestion, Sea Urchin and Palinka, is that had I only seen a list of emails I would probably have opened the email in question as it appeared to, or purported to, have come from Amazon and looked genuine. It was only when viewed that the contents appeared to be fishy (excuse the pun!)
Yes, that is clearly a problem, but often in phishing mails there is something suspicious under the subject heading.
I think both palinka and I were simply pointing out that your comment about not having opened the email was in fact not correct - but as I said above you should not have caused any problem if you didn't click a link etc.