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LinkedIn new Scam: Upgrade free to LinkedIn Premium

Today, E-Crime Expert encountered a new scam, related to LinkedIn this time.

How it woks:

I received an email on my regular email address which said that because I am a valuable LinkedIn user, they will upgrade my Basic accoun to a Premium one for free, for one month period.

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I did not know that this is a scam so I proceeded with the upgrade. After I clicked “upgrade” I was promted to introduce my LinkedIn password. I did so, but nothing hapenned.

Then, I checked my LinkedIn account on a different webpage and still there my account appears “Basic”, so no upgrade done as promised.

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Instantly I realize that this is a scam having as purpose the access of your valuable friends database with email addresses, phone numbers, professions, etc. The purpose of this scam is to retrive for free this valuable information that later can be used for identity theft, or spam, or aother related scams.


if you did upgrade your account, please change your password as soon as possible

If you received this message but did not upgrade yet, please don’t do it.

If you have further questions, please fel free to contact us at: dan@e-crimeexpert.com

  1. August 10, 2012 at 13:15

    Yes, these deviants are getting better all the time by reinventing new scams. Thanks for the info.

  2. October 12, 2012 at 23:16

    Got the email too, but I didn’t update… phew!

  3. Radu
    October 13, 2012 at 12:33

    Unfortunately, these days it is easy for scammers to forge the “from” field of an e-mail so that it seems to appear from a trusted source. The reality is that e-mail providers cannot check the source of the e-mail, but most of the time you can check the origin of the e-mail in the headers (the “envelope” of the e-mail). Most scammers are not very sophisticated and leave suspicious looking trails there.

    It is always a good idea to check suspicious looking offers like this, or contact the site’s support to verify it is a genuine offer.

  4. December 5, 2012 at 15:25

    I just came across this 5 minutes ago, and I instantly was skeptical because 1) it was a e.linkedin.com and usually emails come from the same domain not a sub-domain, 2) Linkedin don’t just give free memberships away unless there is an objective and 3) If I did receive an upgrade from Linkedin, it should show up as a notification in Linkedin itself. None of those mental checks made the cut, and so I knew it was a scam. These are tips that you can use to watch out for emails like these in the future!

    Just my two cents ;).

  5. December 22, 2012 at 04:47

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to
    say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again

    • Dan Manolescu
      December 22, 2012 at 04:56

      Thank you so much. You are so kind.
      I m posting soon couple of interesting blog post.
      Merry Christmas!

  6. January 9, 2013 at 16:25

    I got one of these nice emails too. I am instantly suspicious of those subdomain tricks and your blog post confirmed it. Thanks!

  7. Fair
    February 12, 2013 at 02:18

    Today I received one from LinkedIn ;


    You were one of our first 500,000 members to register in Malaysia.
    LinkedIn now has 200 million members. Thanks for playing a unique part in our community!

    There is a button “Read More”


  8. Fair
    February 12, 2013 at 02:19

    The email address is linkedin@e.linkedin.com

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  11. May 18, 2013 at 14:18

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  12. Jane
    September 5, 2013 at 16:37

    Thanks for this I just got caught but hope I noticed it in time and phoned my credit card company and cancelled it plus changed password in linked in – thanks for the alert

  13. July 19, 2014 at 12:46

    Great article! We are linking to this great post on our site.
    Keep up the good writing.

  1. October 11, 2012 at 10:09

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