When you see such an email, you don’t think that it is a phishing… After all, why would anyone steal your LinkedIn credentials, right? Nobody would request a ransom to give your credentials back, nobody would steal your email & password and try to reuse them on other websites. You have, after all, read my eBook “Improve your security” and you do have an algorithm to create a unique password for each website. Linked In Jamie Moore has sent you a message Date: 10/25/2015 http://www.linkedin.com/?viewMsg=d7fff&profile=67994&recipient=sorinmustaca View or reply to this message Don’t want to receive e-mail notifications? Adjust your message settings. © 2015, Linked In Corporation This phishing email doesn’t try to steal your credentials. It is another stupid attempt from some careless spammers to advertise some canadian pharmacy spam. Just erase it.
“There’s a new personal notification message special for Sorin Mustaca” is the subject of the email pretending to come from “Automation LinkedInNotifier”. But then, why is it coming from “email@example.com” ? Come on spammers, you disappoint me 🙂 Anybody can see it is a fake… And “Linked In” ? Not even this is right… It is just an online pharmacy … from Russia “with a lot of Love”:
Remember the Spammer’s Compendium (where I have a spam method named after me: (UH!Mustaca!HTML))? There is an entry from 2003 called “Ze Foreign Accent“. Back then it was rather primitive, but now it comes in a much improved (if we can say that) form: The link on “Click here” goes to a Google Drive hosted site which was erased in the meanwhile. Fortunately, GMail detects it as spam as you can see in the picture.
It seems that the most research on social engineering is done these days by spammers. Using the text “You haven’t been to Facebook for a few days, and a lot happened while you were away”, the spam message contains the trigger which will make many people click on the message: “Your messages will be deleted soon” Ohhhh, so, if you don’t click on “View messages” then the messages will be deleted?. This is a good one. To all those who really think that something like this is possible: Stay calm, nobody is ever going to delete your messages. And, Facebook is not sending you such messages anyway. It is just a spam that redirects you to an online pharmacy store.