Cyber-criminals are sending out fake and malicious e-mail messages(see below) looking exactly like LinkedIn's e-mail message notifications . The e-mail messages state that the recipients have pending messages awaiting their responses, and ask that they click on a link within them to visit their inbox. But, the link in the email messages will take the recipients to phishing websites, where scammers will attempt to trick them into disclosing their personal information, financial information, or their online account credentials. Also, the recipients maybe taken to malicious websites, where they will be tricked into downloading malicious software that will infect their computers with a virus, Trojan horse or some other malware. LinkedIn.com is the world’s largest professional network on the internet with more than 150 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
Samples of the Malicious LinkedIn E-mail Message
From Scott Burwell(Collegue at Nortel)
There are a total of 36 messages awaiting your response.
Visit your InBox now.
Don't want to receive email notifications? Adjust your message settings.
LinkedIn values your privacy. At no time has LinkedIn made your email address
available to any other LinkedIn user without your permission. 2010 LinkedIn Corporation
LinkedIn Notification sent you a message
Subject: You have a new message in your inbox
Linkedin's user should always go directly to www.linkedin.com to view their messages, instead of clicking on a link in an email message. This will ensure that LinkedIn's users are on a legitimate website, and not on some fake website, created by cyber-criminals to steal their information.