It is no surprise that LinkedIn has become the new target of scammers after social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have been saturated with fraudsters. Given the amount of personal information shared on the business networking site, scammers are handed a wealth of knowledge about a person on a silver platter.
The nature of this platform plays on trust between professionals and scams like these damage the very fabric of business relations. As scammers start to adapt to this rising platform, here are 3 of the most common scams used to trick LinkedIn users.
1. Fake Job Offers
Users receive a direct message from a “recruiter” claiming to offer high pay for flexible working hours. The scammer commonly says that the offer is 100% legitimate but when the victim requests for their wages, the company disappears without a word.
Should you receive a job offer from a recruiter, be sure to do a background check of the company (Google, LinkedIn, Facebook) to find out the legitimacy of it. When looking for a job, it may be safer to use reputable job-search sites such as JobStreet, STJobs and JobsDB.
2. Contact Requests
While connecting with a user you may not know can be a way to increase your business circle, it is important to be wary of them. One of the most common scams on LinkedIn is users receiving a fake connection invite email from another user. The invite is sent through email to the victim and invites them to visit the profile through a secondary link. When the user clicks on the link, it directs them to a website that downloads malware onto their computer.
If you find a LinkedIn invite in your email, log on to your account and review the request in the platform itself. This will lessen the chances of being scammed and hacked.
Users on LinkedIn commonly give out a plethora of information on the platform hoping to catch the eye of a potential employer or recruiter. This can include interests, skills they possess, alma mater and causes they feel for.
All the data provided gives scammers information that enables them to launch a spear-phishing attack on unsuspecting employees of companies. When the attack is successful, the scammer is then able to obtain access to sensitive corporate information which could affect an entire company.
More Scams Than You Think
The list of scams on LinkedIn do not end there. More scams can occur on social networking sites as fraudsters get more enabled. It is important that as you build your professional network on LinkedIn, you stay aware of the scams that lurk.