Possible Fraudulent Email or Phishing

How can I tell if the message I've received is actually from LinkedIn?

Last Reviewed: 01/15/2014
Report Answer Inaccuracies
Expand All
Collapse All

Fraudsters may use a practice called phishing to obtain sensitive data like usernames, passwords, and credit card information. They impersonate legitimate companies or people, sending emails and links that direct people to false websites.

  • Please use caution when clicking or opening emails, seemingly from sites you trust.
  • Fraudsters try to mimic legitimate emails, but they often make mistakes like typos or include information that's not relevant to you. Be suspicious of emails that include names you don't recognize.
  • Keep in mind that a site like LinkedIn would never ask you to open an email attachment or install a software update.
  • If you get an email that seems suspicious or is from a person or company you don't know, we advise you not to open any attachments or click any links.
  • Before clicking on a link in an email, move your cursor over the link to verify that they direct to the appropriate site.
  • If you've already clicked on links or attachments in the message, you can scan your computer using a current version of antivirus software.
  • When in doubt, open a new browser window and go directly to Linkedin.com to check your inbox and verify the connection request or message.
  • Note: If you've recently requested a password reset or you were prompted by security verification message to check your email when signing in, you should see a message directly related to your request within a few minutes. Learn more if you're not receiving emails from us.

To protect your information, we adhere to the following principles:

  • We never rent or sell your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes.
  • We never share your contact information with another user without your consent.
  • Any personally identifiable information that you provide will be secured with all industry standard protocols and technology.

Learn more about account security or contact us if you're suspicious of a message you get through LinkedIn.

Was this answer helpful?