Fake LinkedIn profiles used by Cyber-criminals to trap business deligates

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According to the latest reports and analysis, cyber-criminals are using fake LinkedIn profiles to map out the networks of business professionals to scrape contact information and later use these to send spear-phishing emails, said security solutions firm Symantec on Monday.LinkedIn, which has over 400 million users globally, is a prime target for scammers looking to connect with professionals across a variety of industries, including information security and oil and gas, it said on its official blog.

Scammers copy information from real LinkedIn profiles to pose as recruiters and attract new connections, it added. Symantec said most of these fake accounts followed a specific pattern.They bill themselves as recruiters for fake firms or are supposedly self-employed and primarily use photos of women pulled from stock image sites or of real professionals.

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