In the past few days, experts have recorded a considerable increase in the number of phony emails apparently coming from LinkedIn, Amazon, Google or YouTube. The fake notifications have been found to lead victims to rogue pharmacy and even malware-laden websites.
Sophos experts provide
a sample for each type of email. The ones that seem to originate from YouTube inform recipients that their video is “on the TOP of YouTube.”
The Linkedin “reminders” say that the user has “a total of 4 messages” awaiting their response.
The ones purporting to come from Google are entitled “Google Support has sent you a message: You are on the Top.”
Apparently, they’re not really sophisticated, but considering that they’re well designed from a graphical standpoint and they only ask the potential victim to click on an innocent-looking link, the chances are that a large number of internauts will fall for the scams.
As always, I advise you to be extra cautious when presented with unsolicited messages, even if they appear to be legitimate.