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LinkedIn: Disabled Account Message?

We’re receiving news of an email circulating that is attempting to extract personal information from you by posing as a LinkedIn disabled account message. If you receive such a message from LinkedIn, please delete it and don’t click on any links contained within the email!

As a rule of thumb, always visit websites directly (i.e. by going to LinkedIn.com in your web browser), not by clicking on links within emails. If you had clicked on the link in this phishing email, you would have been redirected to a scam site attempting to extract sensitive personal information from you.

LinkedIn Disabled Account Email

Here is a sample of the phishing email (an email trying to get you to disclose personal details) making the rounds:

  • From: update@linkedin.com
  • Subject: Disabled Account
  • Body:

[Linked In Logo]

Your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to suspicious activity.
Please click here for details.

Thank you for using LinkedIn!

–The LinkedIn Team
http://www.linkedin.com/

2011, LinkedIn Corporation

Email Analysis

Once again, don’t click on any links in the email. The fraudulent link is referenced by the “click here” text. The link in the footer to LinkedIn.com appears legitimate (scammers will often include legitimate links to make the email look more authentic). But again, if you need to verify whether your account has been disabled, please type “LinkedIn.com” directly into your browser address bar.

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One response to “LinkedIn: Disabled Account Message?”

  1. Good coverage of LinkedIn

    I have been a member of LinkedIn for about 5 years now and of all the social media I consume, it is probably the one I think about the least when it comes to spam and security concerns.  LinkedIn is such a grown-up website compared to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites that generally attract so much web traffic.  Obviously, it is intended as more of a professional networking service than a social media tool, so it attracts a completely different kind of client base that is generally not as web-savvy and predatory as what you would find in other sites.

    This article does a good job of shedding some light on how truly no web site is safe and no web user can really rest easily thinking that they are not at risk.  Most Facebook users are now accustomed to fending off various scams and phishing opportunities on a weekly, if not daily, basis and are more in tune with seeing something for what it really is.  LinkedIn users, much like me, are not used to warding off threats from their own inbox and are therefore that much more vulnerable.
    This is just a sad but realistic statement about the internet in general.  No matter how you use it or how well you protect yourself from private attacks, you will always have to continue educating yourself and watching with an almost cynical eye to be able to avoid someone taking advantage of you.  The more popular the website or online service, the more likely it is to attract scam artists that will look for any nook or cranny to work their way in and prey on the poor unsuspecting users that are not looking out for it.

    The best way you can protect yourself is to of course, be wary of any and all correspondence from a website that you are not expecting.  The article states that is always best to go straight to the website if you get an unexpected email and login how you normally do as opposed to clicking through the email to get to the desired site.  If it really is a legitimate correspondence that needs your attention, it will surely appear in your account once you log in there.  If it is not a legitimate message, you can rest assured that you have just avoided getting counted as one of the thousands of Americans who fall victim to online fraud every single year.

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