LinkedIn Support Scam - "You Need to Confirm Your Email Address"
January 19, 2015
July 14, 2014
The email message below with the subject: "You need to confirm your email address," which appears as if it came from popular business-oriented social networking website: www.linkedin.com, is a phishing scam. The fake email message was created and is being sent by cybercriminals to steal the usernames and passwords for your Yahoo, Gmail, Comcast, Cox, ICloud, Hotmail, Juno, AOL and other email accounts.
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The Phishing LinkedIn Support Email
From: Linkedln Support [Support@supportlinkedln.com]
Subject: You need to confirm your email address.
We write to inform you that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity.
To ensure that your online services with LinkedIn will no longer be interrupted
Click here to unblock your account.
You will be asked to log into your account to confirm this email address. Be sure to log in with your current primary email address.
We ask you to confirm your email address before sending invitations or requesting contacts at LinkedIn. You can have several email addresses, but one will need to be confirmed at all times to use the system.
If you have more than one email address, you can choose one to be your primary email address. This is the address you will log in with, and the address to which we will deliver all email messages regarding invitations and requests, and other system mail.
Thank you for using LinkedIn!
--The LinkedIn Team
Clicking on the link in this fake and phishing email message will take you to the fake LinkedIn website: www.supportlinkedln.com. Look out for similar websites but with different website names.
The Fake LinkedIn Website: www.supportlinkedln.com
Once on the website, the scammers will attempt to trick visitors 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 have created this phishing 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 phishing website: www.supportlinkedln.com, are asked to change their password immediately. 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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