Beware of LinkedIn "5 Unread Inquiries" Phishing Email Message
Sep 1, 2016
LinkedIn users, be aware of the email message below with the subject: "5 Unread inquiries." The fake email message is a phishing scam that is being sent by cybercriminals to steal LinkedIn's users account credentials (usernames and passwords). The link in the fake email message goes to a fake LinkedIn website that will ask visitors to sign into their LinkedIn accounts. But, any attempts to sign into their accounts, will send their accounts' usernames and passwords to cybercriminals, who will use the same information to hijack their victims' LinkedIn and email accounts.
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The Phishing LinkedIn Email Message
Subject: 5 Unread inquiries
You have 5 Unread Inquiry… Clcik Here. to read.
Clicking on the link in this fake and phishing email message will take visitors to a fake LinkedIn website. Once they are on the fake website, the scammers will attempt to trick them into entering their usernames and passwords for one of their email accounts, by claiming that they need to do so in order to verify your LinkedIn account.
But, entering their usernames and passwords on the fake website will only send their account credentials to the scammers or cybercriminals who created the fake website. These cyber-crooks will then use their victims’ credentials to hijack their accounts and use it for malicious purposes. Online users who were tricked by the fake email message above into entering their account usernames and passwords on the fake LinkedIn website, are asked to change their passwords immediately before they are hijacked.
Online users should never click on a link to sign into their online accounts, and should always go directly to LinkedIn's website by typing the name of the website in your web browser address bar. So, if you are sent an email message regarding your LinkedIn account, please go directly to their website by typing www.linkedin.com in your web browser, and sign into your account from there. Once you’re signed into your account, LinkedIn will display important notifications to you. Do this also for other online accounts.
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