LinkedIn a great way to be seen; now a great way to be infected

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

In the business world, LinkedIn has worked its way into being essential when looking for contacts (friends), potential hires, and being hired.

BBB is warning LinkedIn users to beware of a new ‘phishing’ email. The email states that you have “invitation reminders” from people who want to connect with you.  It also says you have “pending messages” awaiting your response. These emails have links for you to click on to see your new invitations and new messages.

If you click on the Go to InBox now  your computer is infected with a malware key tracking software.

linkedIn scam

In this case, the email is from Vanessa Beaver, but return email is flitting7@rksignal.sk, not the @linkedin.com return address. However, the links do not include the Linkedin.com domain name.

BBB has seen dozens of phishing scams targeting Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn users. The crowdsourcing sites are popular targets because of their enormity.

LinkedIn.com is a popular for professional profiles to and business connections. However, the same Internet protocol is required:

  • Delete suspicious emails immediately.
  • Do not click on any links or download attachments in suspicious emails. These links and attachments can expose your computer to spyware, malware and other viruses.
  • Make sure you protect your computer with a good quality, anti-virus software and frequently scan your computer for viruses.
  • Instead of clicking on the links in suspicious emails, you can go directly to your profile page on www.LinkedIn.com to see if you have any new messages or invitations.
  • Be careful how much personal information you share online because you do not know who is reading it and what their intentions may be.
  • Use the website’s privacy settings to control who is able to see the information you post online.
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