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Fake LinkedIn Email Leads to Pharmacy Spam Website

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Email purporting to be from LinkedIn claims that you have been sent a message that you can view by clicking a link.




Brief Analysis:
The message is not from LinkedIn. The link in the email opens a suspect online pharmacy website that tries to sell the user a range of dubious pharmaceutical products. If you receive this spam message, do not click any links that it contains.

Example:

[Email Address] You have a new message in your inbox

LinkedIn+Support sent you a message
Date: 1/25/2017
Subject: You have a new message in your inbox

[Link removed]

View/reply to this message

Linked In Pharmacy Spam





Detailed Analysis:
This email, which is designed to resemble a genuine message from the business orientated social network LinkedIn, claims that LinkedIn Support has sent the recipient a message. The recipient is urged to click a link in the email to view this message.

However, the message is not from LinkedIn. In fact, the link in the email leads to a dubious “drug store” website that tries to entice visitors to buy a range of pharmaceutical products, many of which are only legally available via a doctor’s prescription in most jurisdictions.

The spammers apparently hope that, by disguising their spam message as something completely unrelated to pharmaceutical products, it will firstly get past spam filters and secondly fool users into clicking the link and visiting the site. The spammers bank on at least a few recipients actually remaining on the site and buying products. Since this is a tactic that has been used and reused over and over again, it obviously works.

In any case, it is very unwise – and potentially dangerous – to buy medicines from one of these bogus pharmacy sites. Firstly, even if you do actually receive a product that you order, you have no way of knowing if it is the real thing or some potentially dangerous substitute. Secondly, because the medicine has not been properly prescribed by a doctor, it may interfere with other medications that you are taking or be unsuitable for you due to existing health conditions. Thirdly, these sites often use unsecure pages to process credit card transactions, which could certainly put your credit card details at risk. Fourthly, any group unscrupulous enough to use such deliberately deceptive spam tactics is not one you should trust with your credit card details or other personal information.

Moreover, these bogus drug store sites sometimes harbour malware as well.

These spam messages use HTML to disguise the real destination of the links they display. Holding the mouse cursor over a link in the email should display the underlying web address in your email client’s status bar and allow you to easily detect if the link is disguised.




Last updated: January 26, 2017
First published: January 12, 2011
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer