You received what appears to be an authentic looking email from LinkedIn.

Unfortunately, it’s a phishing scam.

Yup, this message is nothing more than a way to get you to divulge your credentials and allow a stranger into your LinkedIn account. Oh, but it looks so official.

And, it was purposely created to be that way. These nefarious perpetrators want you to click the links and reveal your passwords and other pertinent information.

But, like I said…it’s a scam.

These emails are designed to prey on your insecurities and your curiosities.

So how do you not get fooled?

Well, there’s a few tell tale signs that you’re being scammed…

1) Check the email source: in the case of the picture above it’s from EricWashington@emp-uk.com – which is a dead give-a-way. If it was official then the message you receive would have a LinkedIn email address.

2) LinkedIn doesn’t mandate you to update your log in credentials through email.

3) LinkedIn is not an email service – so threatening you by saying they will block you from sending and receiving emails if you don’t comply is lame.

If you receive an email from LinkedIn make sure you check the email source first before clicking any links. Then proceed to critique the wording of the email…if it sounds strange or not quite right…use common sense and delete the email.

If you’d like to learn more about how to recognize and report scams go to LinkedIn’s resource page – https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/56325/recognizing-and-reporting-scams 

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