Invitations to Join the Social Network LinkedIn- Virus!

Invitations to Join the Social Network LinkedIn- Virus!

Summary of eRumor:

This is an invitation to join the social network for professionals called LinkedIn. 

The Truth:

Beware!  We encountered several of these cleverly disguised invitations, similar to the sample below.  These invitations have buttons to accept or ignore the invitation but clicking them or any of the links in the email will reroute the computer user to a website that could possibly infect them with a computer virus.

The easiest way to check questionable emails is to hover the mouse (without clicking any buttons) over the links in the suspected emails. Looking at the bottom border of the email window, an Internet location in the form of a URL to the website can be seen. If that link does not appear to be from the company sending the email it is a very good indication that it is a redirecting scam.

It is a good practice to never click links in unsolicited emails until the computer user is certain that the links are safe.

updated 10/19/12