These are similar to the Linkedin scam I wrote about a year ago. At a casual glance they look like real LinkedIn invitations, but a moment of scrutiny shows they aren’t real. Genuine LinkedIn invitations include a photo, the sender’s company, a link to view their profile, and the number of shared connections. Also, the accept button on a real LinkedIn message just says “Accept.” These say “Accept Raymond Wilson (or whomever — no apostrophe) Invitation”. Finally, the text of the messages look like a forwarded email:
On August 5, Samuel Padilla wrote:
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
> Samuel Padilla
The senders were all LinkedIn Invitations (email@example.com)
The subjects have included:
Your friend sent you an invitation to join LinkedIn group.
Notification of LinkedIn invitation.
LinkedIn inviation notificaltion. (including 2 typos)
Join LinkedIn group of your friend.
The “friends” have been:
The “accept” links lead to site that I assume intend to do me harm, like: http://bjgddl.com/gagelink.html