In the past, almost all phishing scams were delivered via email. Texts that attempted to trick us into clicking on a malicious link to fill out a form with confidential information that would aid criminals in stealing our property.
The email has declined in popularity over time, and social networks have risen to take its place, with more personalized messages that make it easier to deceive the victim. We may receive a Facebook message that mentions known people, for example, to make the content more realistic or a Linkedin contact who attempts to deceive us somehow.
Indeed, in the first quarter of this year, Linkedin was responsible for 52% of all phishing scams worldwide, indicating that it is one of the preferred channels for cybercriminals.
Given that users can quickly enter personal information on Linkedin, it is obvious why scammers choose this platform. To give the topic more weight, however, many links we receive from other websites point to Linkedin-like websites.
All of the other top 10 businesses are well-known on a global basis. DHL is in second place with 14% of the market, followed by Google with 7%, all of which are well behind Linkedin’s 52%.
Even yet, because the individual who writes them typically does not speak our language or has not had the time to learn it correctly, LinkedIn emails sometimes contain misspellings, poor syntax, and other problems, such as typos.
- When receiving emails that appear urgent, you should exercise extreme caution because they frequently demand that you change your password due to a problem. When you receive an email with the subject line “URGENT,” you need to take a deep breath and double-check the subject by making phone calls or examining the linked links.
- Any email that might request personal information from us or directs us to a website that does is automatically suspected of being fraudulent. Remember that con artists are skilled at developing websites resembling Facebook, Linkedin, and other popular websites.
- Lastly, be wary of email attachments, especially surprise ones, and carefully consider opening them, especially if they seem to be invoices or shipment notifications.