Yes, I just received . . .
A spoof email about LinkedIn
Spoof or spam emails are often related to finances in some way, including your bank or paypal accounts.
But this one was about a Social Media account that I hold with LinkedIn.
As a B2B version of Facebook, LinkedIn is a great way for businesses to network and connect.
Here is the text of the email – it looks quite genuine.
> Subject: LinkedIn Security Update
> For security reasons, your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to
> inactivity or because of too many failed login attempts.
> To remove the restrictions please Follow this link
> Thank you for using LinkedIn!
> –The LinkedIn Team
> Š 2011, LinkedIn Corporation
So what did I do?
When I received this email, I immediately forwarded it to LinkedIn to get it checked out.
And here is the response that I got back.
> Hi Philip,
> Thank you for bringing this item to our attention.
> The email you mention has been identified as a fraudulent email and was not sent out by LinkedIn or anyone associated with the company. Please be cautious in opening any attached files included in these types of malicious spoof emails as they may contain Malware which could be damaging to your system. Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
> 1. We will never rent or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes.
> 2. We will never share your contact information with another user without your consent.
> 3. Any personally identifiable information that you provide will be secured with all industry standard protocols and technology.
> I apologize for the inconvenience the malicious sender has caused.
> LinkedIn Privacy Team
Be on the lookout!
Spoof or spam emails take many forms.
What should you do now?
1. Never open attachments in emails when you don’t know or cannot verify the source.
2. Never click on a link in emails when you don’t know or cannot verify the source.
3. If an email makes reference to your bank accounts, or any other type of account that has a password, immediately be suspicious.
4. Best thing is to delete the email immediately.
5. If you do want to check it out, find a genuine email address for the company involved and forward the email to them to verify.
You will always find that the email is a fraud, because no reputable company, especially banks and financial institutions, will send you an unsolicited email asking you to confirm your account.
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