We live in an incredible time where it’s normal to order an entire week’s worth of groceries from the comfort of one’s couch. Like anything, the phenomenon of online shopping brings with it pros and cons. How can you trust an online store to deliver your product? Will it arrive in tact and on time? How can you trust anything from just a photograph? While many online sellers are legitimate, unfortunately scammers can use the anonymous nature of the internet to rip off unsuspecting shoppers. Knowing when to avoid or when to trust an e-commerce platform may take some practice, and we have outlined some pro tips on when to recognize those red flags before making your purchase.
A common phishing scam, which has gained more attention lately, are emails claiming to be from LinkedIn. Primarily because of the wealth of data it offers on employees at corporations, this platform is a great source for clever scammers. The typical scam includes mining that data to identify potential marks for business email compromise attacks, including wire transfer and W-2 social engineering scams. With this scam, someone on LinkedIn (typically someone with InMail who can contact anyone on LinkedIn directly) sends you a message with a link to a scam or spam website. The best way to spot this type of scam is to look for the email address of the sender. If it’s not an email address from LinkedIn.com, this is very likely a scam.