Fake “Join My Network On LinkedIn” Email Spam Leads To Malware
LinkedIn Email Spam – Fake Join my network on LinkedIn Messages
Fake LinkedIn emails are not out of the ordinary, but a new series of dangerous emails disguised as LinkedIn have been making rounds to unsuspecting LinkedIn users. The emails seem very real, as the subject line is “Join my network on LinkedIn” alike legitimate LinkedIn emails notifying users of new or pending invitations. The fake LinkedIn email contains an invitation to join a fake person’s network on LinkedIn, as well as displays fake pending messages, and links to login to your LinkeIn account or Unsubscribe to email updates.
The purpose of the fake LinkedIn email is to persuade victims into clicking malicious links provided in the email. This is a tactic known as email phishing.
Don’t Click The Links!
The links provided in the fake LinkedIn email are dangerous and do not lead to the LinkedIn website (linkedin.com). Some reports indicate that the links provided in the LinkedIn spam email may install malware (additional software) to a computer system with out permission, causing malware and malicious pay loads to infect a system, and attach to an internet browser.
Malware associated with the fake LinkedIn emails are closely associated with the browser hijacker category, as common symptoms of relating malware includes redirects to unwanted websites and browser changes without consent, which may include changing the home page or start up page of each internet browser installed on the computer.
Protection Against Malware And Spam
If you suspect your computer system has been affected by malware, it is recommended to run a full system scan with reputable software to detect and remove any malware negatively affecting your computer system and browser.
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Fake LinkedIn Email Details:
Detailed below is the content from the fake LinkedIn email. Please note, email content may vary, including the names used such as Andrew Ganeikov.
LinkedIn REMINDERS Invitation reminders: From
Andrew Gancikov(Owner, fanoy bv designers / consultants / manufacturers of oil & nat. gas stations) PENDING MESSAGESThere are a total of 7 messages awaiting your response. Go to InBox now.This message was sent to email@example.com. Don't want to receive email notifications? Login to your LinkedIn account to Unsubscribe. LinkedIn values your privacy. At no time has LinkedIn made your email address available to any other LinkedIn user without your permission. c 2013, LinkedIn Corporation.