Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details often for malicious reasons. Although this is usually done by cyber-criminals via email, it is now starting to occur on LinkedIn as well.
A recent attack on the social media platform shows cyber-criminals have been using existing LinkedIn user accounts to send phishing links to their contacts via private message but also to external members via email. The fraudulent message includes a reference to a shared document and a link that redirects to a phishing site for Gmail and other email providers which require potential victims to log in.
Those who go ahead and follow this process will have their username, password, and phone number stolen but won’t realise until after. If you receive a private message like this, DO NOT click the link and DO NOT enter your details, it is a scam!
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