LinkedIn phishing emails are on the rise.
In the past 24 hours I’ve received more than two dozen emails, pretending that someone is trying to contact me via the LinkedIn platform.
All of them were attempts to make me click on a link, that would take me somewhere else and provide my LinkedIn user name and password.
Such rogue web sites work on the assumption that someone conducting business at any given time, has a reason to respond to such requests.
Having attended a major conference, such as TRAFFIC 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, following up to connections established at the show, is important. The phishing scam relies on that exact psychology; that one would lower their guard and head over to those rogue web sites, in order not to miss on the opportunity to strengthen that connection.
The phishing scams work particularly well over mobile phones. Solution: never click on links in emails, which pretend to be from various services you use. Always go to the main web site or use the respective app.