Many of us use LinkedIn as an important way of keeping in touch with former colleagues and growing our professional networks, but a new report by Know Be4 has found that 56% of emails designed to steal your data were fake LinkedIn emails, that’s more than all the other social media networks combined. It also notes that social media phishing attacks grew by 75% in 2019. Just by clicking on a fake link and entering one’s details into a very realistic looking fake login page fraudsters gain full access to your personal network.
IF YOU GET AN EMAIL FROM LINKEDIN, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK BUT GO INDEPENDENTLY TO THE WEBSITE AND CHECK OUT THE NOTIFICATIONS- AVOID CLICKING LINKS!
Tips and Advice
- Dear customer? – Most scam emails are not addressed personally, so avoid any emails or texts which do not address you by name. However, it should be noted that increasingly fraudsters have through data breaches the ability to personalise emails so do not solely rely on this tactic
- From who? – Check the sender’s email, does it come from a LinkedIn domain?
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- Report it – If you receive a fake LinkedIn email forward it to LinkedIn, using stop- firstname.lastname@example.org
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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