How to Spot the Most Common LinkedIn Scams

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LinkedIn is one of the most popular professional online networks, and its users are sometimes targeted by online scammers. These scammers may send LinkedIn users emails that appear to be from LinkedIn but are not, either infecting your computer with malicious software or stealing your personal

Common LinkedIn Scams and How to Avoid Them Below are a few common LinkedIn scams and tips for protecting yourself and your personal information.


1.Fake Member Invitation

LinkedIn Fake Request

LinkedIn Fake Request

One of the most common LinkedIn scams is a fake email inviting you to connect with another LinkedIn member. The email will look very similar to an authentic LinkedIn email, and might even contain the LinkedIn logo. It may ask you to click on a link to “visit your inbox now,” or ask you to “accept” or “ignore” the invitation. If you click any of these links, the link will bring you to a compromised website that will download malicious software onto your computer.


2.Fake Request for Your Personal Information

LinkedIn fake information request

Linkedin fake information request

This scam first occurred in 2012, when Russian hackers collected and leaked millions of LinkedIn users’ passwords. Scammers send you a fake email, pretending to be the LinkedIn administrative team. The email asks you to confirm your email address and/or password. It might even say that your LinkedIn account has been blocked due to inactivity.

This email might contain a hyperlink that says something like “click here to confirm your email address.” If you click on this link, it will bring you to a compromised website that looks very similar to the LinkedIn site. The site will ask for your email and password. Scammers will then take this information and put you at risk for identity theft. This type of theft is known as “phishing.”


3.Invitation From Scammer

invitation from scammer linkedin

invitation from scammer Linkedin

It’s important to check out the people who invite you to connect with them on LinkedIn, as they could be fake profiles. If you don’t know the person, check out their profile carefully. Warning signs include a very brief profile with a limited amount of company and job information. If you accept the invitation, the next message might be one with a link to a scam.


4.Scam LinkedIn Message

Scam LinkedIn Message

Scam LinkedIn Message

With this scam, someone on LinkedIn (typically someone with InMail, allowing them to contact with anyone on LinkedIn directly) sends you a message with a link to a scam or spam website.

Sarah Adam

Sarah Adam is Career Writer for University Magazine, Sarah also writers for other Publications like CNBC, Glassdoor

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