TIM DREW: Watch out, online fraudsters are about...

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ACTION Fraud has recently warned that fraudsters using ‘phishing’ techniques are trying to infiltrate or infect email accounts by purporting to come either from software firm Adobe or LinkedIn Support.

With the ‘Adobe’ emails, an attempt is made to direct the user to the latest updates, whereas a ‘LinkedIn’ message typically reads as follows: “Due to irregular activities your Linkedln account has been subjected to compulsory security update.

“Linkedln may sometimes deny logins in cases where we believe the account could have been compromised.

“To do this we developed a new secure way that keeps your account safe.

“We have attached a form to this email to complete the process.

“Please, download and follow the instructions on your screen.”

Attached to the email is an HTML file, which contains a copy of the genuine LinkedIn webpage.

However, the website’s source has been modified so if recipients use this web page to sign in to their LinkedIn account, their credentials will be sent directly to the fraudsters.

LinkedIn users should consider turning on two-step verification, a genuine update that provides an extra layer of security. With two-step verification enabled, and even if a user’s credentials are compromised, a fraudster cannot login without having access to that user’s mobile phone.

Action Fraud further advises people to heck the email addressees – it may say ‘Dear user’ or ‘Dear valued customer’ and will not be addressed directly to you. People are also warned to look out for errors – messages may include spelling or grammatical mistakes, and warns people not to click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.

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