LinkedIn 'Confirm Email Address' Phishing Scam
OutlineEmail purporting to be from business orientated social network LinkedIn claims that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity and, to restore access, you are required to click a link to confirm your email address.
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Brief AnalysisThe email is not from LinkedIn. It is a phishing scam designed to trick LinkedIn users into divulging their account login details to online criminals.
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
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
'LinkedIn' Email Claims Account Blocked
Email is Not From Linked in - Phishing Scam
Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your LinkedIn login details to cybercriminals. Clicking the link will take you to a fake website designed to resemble a genuine LinkedIn login page. Once you have 'logged in' on the fake site, you may be automatically redirected to the genuine LinkedIn website.
Meanwhile, criminals can collect your LinkedIn login credentials and use them to access your account. Once there, they can use the service to launch ongoing spam and scam campaigns in your name.
Be Wary of Emails That Ask You to Update Account Details
The LinkedIn website includes information about LinkedIn phishing scam attempts and how to report them.
Last updated: July 14, 2014
First published: July 14, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen