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Scam LinkedIn emails

1st October 2010

Sophos is warning LinkedIn users to watch out for bogus emails that appear to be from the social networking website encouraging them to click on reminders for outstanding requests and messages.

Even though the hyperlinks may look genuine, they do not take users to the LinkedIn website. Instead, the links take users to a site that installs a version of Zeus malware on their computer. This enables fraudsters to steal individuals’ personal information and see usernames and passwords they type into other websites, eg for online banking.

Don’t fall victim to online scams

Users should be wary of any official-looking emails they receive, and if in any doubt, should not click in any links in them. Instead, type the known url of the company you have an account with directly into the address bar to access the website. If there are any outstanding requests or messages, they will also be available to view. Internet users should also always ensure their computer security software is up-to-date.

Read more about the LinkedIn scam on Sophos’ website.

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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.