Jennifer Jones, a partner at Social Media Today, explains how she came across one such scam when she was contacted by “Jonathan Salisbury,” who claimed he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland as a Senior Relationship Manager in Corporate Banking.
The scam message informed Jennifer that she had inherited millions of dollars from a deceased relative and requested that she contact “Jonathan” via email if she were interested in claiming the money.
One of the most common ruses on Linked In is a fake connection invite email from another member.
Though Linked In is meant to be a platform for professional business connections, that doesn’t deter scammers from using the prospect of romance as a lure to reel in unsuspecting users.
Sometimes a misleading message isn’t the worst part of a Linked In scam.
In some cases, it’s connecting with another user who you might not know.
If the user clicks on the link, they are redirected to a website that downloads malicious software such as the data-stealing Zeu S malware onto their computer.
Users should always be careful when clicking on suspicious links in their emails.