Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pharmacy Spam Posing as LinkedIn ‘Pending Message’ Reminders

LinkedIn LogoIn the last four days I have received two separate emails purporting to be from LinkedIn notifying me that I have 4 messages pending.

It’s an odd set of emails considering that I already knew that I don’t have any notifications pending (I’m not all that active on LinkedIn) and the email address these messages were being sent to is not tied to my LinkedIn account.

Spammers are (likely) betting that isn’t the case for many recipients, which will bode well for the pharmaceutical websites they’re hoping to generate traffic for.

LinkedIn Reminder Spam

Subject: There are a total of 4 messages awaiting your response

From: LinkedIn Reminders (


There are a total of 4 messages awaiting your response. Visit your InBox now.

Don't want to receive email notifications? Adjust your message settings.

LinkedIn values your privacy. At no time has LinkedIn made your email address available to any other LinkedIn user without your permission. © 2012, LinkedIn Corporation.

All of the links within the email point to a third-party website that will redirect you to whatever illegal Rx site that is being promoted that day.

What to do with LinkedIn Spam

  • Avoid clicking on any links or downloading any attached files.

  • Report the email via SpamCop or LinkedIn (via

  • Delete the email immediately.

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