LinkedIn users targeted by phishing scamWhich? advises on how to avoid being scammed
31 August 2012
Users of social networking site LinkedIn are the latest to be targeted by phishing emails sent by fraudsters.
Fraudsters are sending emails entitled ‘LinkedIn Reminders’ to those with a LinkedIn account.
In the email recipients are asked to click on a link to ‘visit your InBox now’ (sic) and to ‘adjust your message settings’.
The email comes from the address firstname.lastname@example.org - not a legitimate LinkedIn email address.
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Delete phishing emails
Which? Consumer Rights deputy editor, Amanda Diamond said: ‘If you receive one of these emails, don’t click on any of the links – just delete the email.
‘Instead, open your LinkedIn account in a new window and log in normally through the website to check if you have any updates.’
She added: 'If an email contains a link and you’re unsure whether it’s legitimate, hover over it with your mouse to see what address it directs you to.
'If it’s not the address of the company it purports to be from, then don’t click on it. If in any doubt, delete the email and go directly to the company website.'
Email scams most common
LinkedIn told us: 'We take spam and phishing attacks very seriously. We have reported more than a thousand urls to Google and Microsoft... and work with email service providers to combat this problem.
'LinkedIn members can play a key role in protecting themselves by following our guidelines.'
Phishing emails are one of the most common ways for fraudsters to scam unsuspecting consumers. To avoid being scammed read the Which? guide to how to spot a scam.
A phishing email is where an unsolicited email pretends to be from a trustworthy organisation, such as a bank, government department, IT company or social networking site.
The purpose of these emails is to trick you into giving personal details, such as bank details, which will enable fraudsters to steal money from you.
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