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  • 1.  Security BUZZ - Beware of LinkedIn Smart Links in Phishing Emails

    Posted 10-20-2023 10:28

    If you use LinkedIn for business or networking, you may have received emails with Smart Links from your contacts. These links track your engagement with the content and show you as a trustworthy source. However, cybercriminals also use these Smart Links to deceive you into providing your Microsoft account login credentials. 

    So, how does the phishing attack work exactly? The criminals create or hijack LinkedIn business accounts and then send emails containing Smart Links to their targets. The email subjects may be related to payments, human resources, documents, security notifications, or other topics. The Smart Links appear to be from LinkedIn (and looks like https://linkedin[.]com/slink?code=hsgdshj454#53gdGWshg545==), but they are actually fraudulent and will redirect you to a fake Microsoft login page. The phishing page is carefully crafted to look authentic and is pre-filled with your email address to appear even more legitimate. All you have to do is enter your password and click the sign-in button. However, once you do that, the criminals will steal your login credentials, and you'll be redirected to a genuine Microsoft page.

    How can you protect yourself from this attack?

    • Be suspicious of any email that asks you to click on a link or open an attachment, especially if it comes from an unknown or unexpected (LinkedIn) sender
    • Check the sender's email address and the link's URL carefully. Look for spelling errors, typos, or unusual characters that may indicate a fake domain
    • Use a strong and unique password for your Microsoft account and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for extra security
    • Please report any suspicious emails to LinkedIn and Microsoft and delete them from your inbox


    Genady Vishnevetsky
    Chief Info Security Officer
    Stewart Title Guaranty Company
    Houston TX
    ALTA Marketplace

  • 2.  RE: Security BUZZ - Beware of LinkedIn Smart Links in Phishing Emails

    Posted 10-23-2023 05:19

    Thanks for sharing

    Deb Grace
    Executive Vice President Business Development
    AccuTitle, LLC
    Ship Bottom NJ
    +1 (505) 999-0089

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  • 3.  RE: Security BUZZ - Beware of LinkedIn Smart Links in Phishing Emails

    Posted 10-24-2023 11:03

    Good morning, Lora. 

    I hope this message finds you and yours doing well.

    I'm not sure how much this will help, but as a vendor of RamQuest, I can tell you they are an excellent company to work with. Our clients that use RamQuest have always had nothing but good things to say. I know they are great for anyone with a high-volume of transactions.

    I'm sorry I couldn't give you a point by point overview on any specifics, all I can tell you is about their reputation and what our clients have always told us.

    I hope this helps a little. Take care and have a wonderful day.

    Rolando Requeny
    National SVP Client Relations
    Skyline Lien Search, Inc.
    Miami FL

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  • 4.  RE: Security BUZZ - Beware of LinkedIn Smart Links in Phishing Emails

    Posted 10-24-2023 11:24
    Hi everyone, 

    My firm is planning to expend into Alabama and Florida in the next couple of years. If anyone on here practices in either of those states I'd love to pick your brain on best practices and state specific oddities. 

    Thanks for your time, 

    Christopher J. Tuttle, Managing Partner
    Tuttle & Associates, LLC
    144 Milestone Way
    Greenville, SC 29615

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  • 5.  RE: Security BUZZ - Beware of LinkedIn Smart Links in Phishing Emails

    Posted 10-27-2023 15:54

    Hi Christopher, we have some resources about how to process title in FL and Al in the Wicked Title Forum and we're adding more resources all the time. In addition, it's a crowdsourced library, so as you learn more about each state you could add to it, so you and your staff have quick easy access to the information in the future. There is a link in my signature if you're interested.

    Stay Wicked my Friends,
    Cheryl, your sales and marketing coach at www.Cheryl.wTf

    Wicked Title Forum
    Online Business Support Community for the Title Industry

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