Scam Alert: Social Networking Danger

Beware of accepting connections from people that you do not know on social networking websites. Today I received a common scam email supposedly from someone that I met at a Montgomery County networking event, and then later connected with on LinkedIn.

The scammer somehow connected to this person, and sent an email out to some or all of his LinkedIn contacts. He was able to glean enough information about the unsuspecting victim to send what might seam like a convincing plea for help. I know that LinkedIn was involved, as that is the only way I am connected to this person. You can also view his LinkedIn profile and find the same description of his services.

This is not the first time that I have seen this type of scam email. Hilltop assisted a US Ambassador that had a scammer steal their contacts from the Apple iCloud and Gmail. Cleaning up after the scam was very tedious, embarrassing, and costly for the victim.

The scam is always the same, this is just a new way of finding victims. Do yourself, and your contacts a favor and limit your exposure to scammers by only connecting with people that you know, or can at least verify.

The email reads as follows: (name hidden to protect the innocent)

I am writing this with tears in my eye, sorry i did not inform you about our trip, few days back my family and I made an unannounced vacation trip to London,England and unfortunately we got attacked and mugged at gun point on our way to the hotel where we stayed, all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off but luckily we still have our passports left with us.

We have been to the embassy and the Police but they're not helping issues at all and our return flight leaves in few hours from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills.

Am freaked out and I need your urgent help.

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