Experts Warned Users of LinkedIn of a New Phishing Email Campaign
Softpedia.com reported on 14th July, 2014 quoting a warning by experts as "A new phishing email campaign tries to steal credentials of users of LinkedIn. "The credentials of these accounts are more valuable than Facebook users because LinkedIn is a very popular social network for professionals.
The latest phishing campaign sends an email to victim saying that the account has been blocked due to non-usage for a long time. The victim is asked to click on a link and verify the email address with username and password to activate the LinkedIn service. The crooks ask for the primary address to ensure for the right information as sometimes multiple ones are available for the LinkedIn account. However, security experts analyzed the phishing email and comment that LinkedIn never send such emails asking its users to click a link in the message to confirm his/her email address and it's totally fake.
Actually, the email is a phishing scam to trick you to disclose your LinkedIn login details to cybercriminals. If you click on the link, you will be taken to a fake website which resembles a genuine LinkedIn login page and once you 'logged in' to the fake site, you may be automatically redirected to the genuine LinkedIn website.
In the meantime, crooks can collect login credentials of your LinkedIn account to access it and use the service to launch scam campaigns and ongoing spam in your name. Request for updating the account details is a favorite trick and one should be wary of any such requests through email.
If you receive such message, never click on any links or open any attachments which come with such emails. LinkedIn disassociated itself from the above phishing campaign and gives lot of tips to identify phishing emails. One of the tips is to look at the link and check if it takes you to a valid LinkedIn domain. LinkedIn also suggests that logging into its service is done in secure manner and if you find HTTPS connection is missing then you can be sure that it is a scam.