Media contact: Janet C. Hart, APR, CFEE (704) 927-8617 office
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The BBB is warning LinkedIn users
to beware of a new email ‘phishing’ scam. The email states that you have new
“invitations” from people who want to connect with you.
It also says that you have new
“messages” awaiting your response. These emails have links for you to click on
to see your new invitations and new messages. However, the links do not
include the Linkedin.com domain name.
“Although the BBB has seen dozens of phishing scams
targeting Facebook and Twitter users, this is the first phishing scam that we
have seen that targets LinkedIn users,” said BBB spokeswoman Janet Hart, “With 60 million people on
LinkedIn, it was only a matter of time before scammers began phishing in the
LinkedIn.com is a popular website where people can post
their professional profiles to make business connections. “LinkedIn can be a
great tool for connecting with colleagues in your industry,” Hart added, “but
you must remember that any personal information you post online can make you
vulnerable to phishing scams.”
The goal of phishing scams is to obtain enough personal
information about you to steal your identity. “The BBB urges you to use
caution when posting personal information on LinkedIn or other similar
websites,” said Hart.
To stay safe on LinkedIn or other social networking sites,
the BBB has this advice:
- 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 scan your computer for viruses frequently.
- 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.
For more information about phishing scams and identity
theft, please visit www.bbb.org.
- Use the website’s privacy settings to control who is able to
see the information you post online.
LINKEDIN - SCAM EMAIL
From: firstname.lastname@example.org On Behalf Of
LinkedIn Communication LINK REMOVED
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:13 AM
To: MY EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED
Subject: LinkedIn new messages
- From Caroline Gleason (Friend) LINK REMOVED
- There are a total of 2 messages awaiting your response.
Visit your InBox now. LINK REMOVED
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