What is Linkedin Scam?
There are common scams in different social media platform like Twitter and Facebook. But online scammers will explore others platforms as well. As long there internet access there will be chances for them to attack.
So, LinkedIn users do take precaution on your account as well. Today we will talk about LinkedIn scams. Never underestimate what they can do about it.
Here are the 5 common Linkedin scams to look out for.
LinkedIn Marketing Scams
LinkedIn Fake Jobs
There are a lot of fake job recruiters send you a LinkedIn message offering you a promising job with high paying salary. But they are too good to be true.
They will send you a third party website asking you to fill up an application asking for your resume and personal details. Some even asking you for a fee upfront for job training purposes.
Don’t fall for it. Never ever give out your personal details to shady website. You can find a reliable job on another platform with real paying job.
LinkedIn Tech Support
Please be alert when receive email for any social media platform. They’re no different for LinkedIn as well. This happened before, the email message “Important User Alert” from fake LinkedIn email. Email content telling recipients that someone accessed their LinkedIn account from a different IP address. Insert a link guiding to a shady website.
These websites have nothing to do LinkedIn and they never ask for user password to access user’s computer.
LinkedIn Direct Contact
This is the one and easiest way scammers use their way to get to you. No different with any social media platform. There are common interest groups within LinkedIn, which user can choose to join. If you under certain group, people from your group can direct send you a private spammy message.
They don’t even need to upgrade their LinkedIn account to have access private message to user. So be very careful when receive such messages.
LinkedIn Phishing Emails
Note: This part of content taken from LinkedIn support page
Fraudsters may use a practice called phishing to try to obtain your sensitive data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card information. These fraudsters impersonate legitimate companies or people, sending emails and links that attempt to direct you to false websites, or infect your computer with malware. LinkedIn will never ask you for your password or ask you to download any programs.
Important: LinkedIn has several email domains, which are determined by our email service provider (ESP). We can assure you that emails from firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com are not phishing emails.
Possible warning signs of a phishing message:
- Messages containing bad spelling, grammar, and that aren’t addressed to you personally.
- Messages asking you to act immediately.
- Messages asking you to open an attachment to install a software update.
Whatever social media platform you are using always remember there are people watching. They are waiting for your guard to lose focus. They aka online scammers will then attack you least expecting.
LinkedIn is very a good platform for your career profile and might land you awesome jobs but also attract unwanted fraud. Stay safe and alert.