If you use LinkedIn, keep an eye out for an email that claims you must click a link to update your account.
The email, which has the subject “LinkedIn Update” claims that LinkedIn is updating its “Services Agreement and Privacy.
The message warns that your account will be deactivated if you do not click the link and update your account.
However, LinkedIn did not send the email and your account will not be deactivated if you don’t click the link.
Instead, the email is a phishing scam that is designed to steal your LinkedIn account login details. If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to emulate the real LinkedIn login page. Once on the fake site, you will be asked to enter your account email address and password to log in.
After entering your details, you’ll see a message claiming that you’ve successfully completed the supposed update.
Online criminals can now use the information you provided to hijack your LinkedIn account. Once they have gained access to your account, the criminals can use it to send spam, scam, and malware messages to your LinkedIn contacts in your name. They may also gather more of your personal information from your account and use it to pose as you and attempt to steal your identity.
LinkedIn has information about phishing scams and how to report them on its website.
Here’s what the scam email looks like:
Subject: Linkedin Update
Dear Linkedin User
As part of our effort to improve your experience in Linkedin access across
our consumer services, we’re updating Linkedin Services Agreement and
Click the link below to update your account.
Your account will be De-Activated if you do not update.
This notice Ends WED August 22, 2018
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Linkedin Service Provider
Copyright © 2018 Information
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!