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Hi,

I have a question about an email so i dont know if I can ask a question here about it.

My dad got a message  from someone on behalf of  linkedIn updates.
Now my dad never uses linkedIn and the message said also people he may know which is a list of people he knows.

Where did linkedIn get this list of people come from? linkedIn? his email address book that linkedIn got access to?

the message subject had
...recent post, and other updates from your network
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Has he ever used it?   Have you checked to see if somebody tried to create an account in his name?
I have a Facebook account with an address nobody knows anything about. Then I started getting Facebook alerts to my real email address that Facebook knows nothing about.

Both LinkedIn and Facebook are popular, so spammers use both LinkedIn and Facebook addresses to send out email.

I am sure it is just spam, and since your father does not have a LinkedIn account, just delete it. The purpose of the spam is send links to corrupt your computer.

.... Thinkpads_User
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the message was not spam, it just went through linkedIn.
I cant find his account on linkedIn, he doesnt have one
Did you try to search for him on the home page,  "Find a colleague:"?


I realize he doesn't have an account that he knows of, but just trying to research this to narrow down what's going on.
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It is likely that they got his email address from one of his friends that let LinkedIn scan their address book.  Like many other sites, LinkedIn offers to 'help you find friends' by letting them access your email account and address book.  They present it as though that's the thing you have to do to access info on their site.  I think it's a scam myself.  And I never let them do it.
I think it's a scam myself.  And I never let them do it.

Exactly.

About the only LinkedIn things I see (I am a member) are people I know (and some I don't know) inviting me to connect.

But I have seen other messages to me that come from LinkedIn that go into my spam quarantine and belong there.

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