Media outlets are reporting that up to 92% of LinkedIn users’ details have appeared for sale on the “Dark Web” and are associating this with a major breach. Interestingly, LinkedIn have responded by saying that there has been no major breach and that the information was “scraped” from the site, i.e., publicly available information was downloaded in bulk. Does that mean its not a problem? Our perspective is that if the wrong people know your email address, full name, phone number, background, gender, and physical address, it is not a good thing. The reason why is that anybody wanting to aim a spam campaign: emails, texts and robocalls at professionals now has access to 600 million prime targets, and let’s face it, the more they know about you the more plausible the scam becomes.
CHECK ALL PLACES THAT YOUR EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER ARE PUBLICALLY AVAILABLE
Tips and Advice
- Check – if your details are publicly available and secure any that are not essential
- 2 Factor Authentication – LinkedIn has the option to increase security on your account with 2FA, now is a good time to enable it
- Dear Who?–Unless a call, email or text is addressed to you personally it is very likely to be a fake
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with, and certainly not PIN numbers!
- Be super vigilant – If you are a LinkedIn user then be extra vigilant for scam emails, texts, calls etc.
- 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 their online fraud reporting tool
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