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Electronic Mail - Be Careful with Social Network Invite E-Mails

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    Posted 30 October 2008 - 06:12 PM

    Caution - be wary when receiving e-mails inviting you to join social networks, especially if you do not recognize the network name or sender.

    Nowadays, many of us receive e-mail invitations to join social networking websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or MySpace. These services make it easy for members to send out invitation emails complete with response links, and it is in their best interests to do so - as more friends sign up, these sites register higher visits and page views, potentially leading to increased advertising income.

    While only a few well-known social networking sites used to exist, this number has skyrocketed, resulting in many more invitations in your e-mail Inbox. Even if you know the sender and name of a social network to which you've been invited, before you click on an invitation response link, take a second and consider that not all invitation e-mails are what they seem. Some fraudulent "friends" and "social networks" could have drastic consequences to your security and privacy: ...

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