Scammers on LinkedIn
The US FBI has warned that scammers on LinkedIn are a “significant threat” as cryptocurrency scams have been widespread recently.
Sean Ragan, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the San Francisco and Sacramento field offices said there are many potential, past, and current victims. The criminals focus their time and attention on thinking about different ways to victimize people and companies. LinkedIn recently stated in a blog post that while their defenses do catch the majority of abusive activity, members can also help to keep the platform safe, trusted, and professional. They urge users to report any content that might be a scam, so the LinkedIn team is able to take action quickly. This can also include any other person who might ask for personal information like account credentials, financial account information, or other sensitive personal data.
In addition, LinkedIn has offered some recommendations of types of people or behavior to avoid:
-People asking you for money who you do not know in person, including asking you to send them money, cryptocurrency, or gift cards to receive a prize or other winnings
-Job postings that sounds too good to be true, or ask you to pay anything upfront, including mystery shopper, company impersonator, or personal assistant posts
-Romantic messages or gestures which can be indicators of a potential fraud attempt
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Facebook Phishing Scam
A major Facebook Messenger phishing scam was recently uncovered by researchers at PIXM that has potentially impacted hundreds of millions of users. While viewing the Yearly Views page, they were able to see 2.7 million users visited one of the phishing pages in 2021 and around 8.5 million have visited so far in 2022.
These statistics represent a large growth in the campaign from 2021 to 2022, with threat actors using compromised Facebook accounts to continue spreading the phishing pages through Facebook Messenger. The links likely originated from Facebook – if a user’s account was compromised, the threat actor could login and send out the malicious links to the user’s friends via Messenger. The campaign also used automation to cycle through different phishing pages, making it harder to detect by security technologies.
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