Scams from LinkedIn
Unfortunately there are scams everywhere. Here are the most common ones I have experienced on LinkedIn.
- The person who wants to talk outside of LinkedIn. Sometimes you will get someone who acts as though they want to be your personal friend. So they give you their email address or phone number and want to talk to you. When you speak to them, male or female, they then try to pitch you on either sales things or a romance scam. You know, act as though they care about you and then ask you for money later.
- The person who spams your email with incredible offers. Since I list my email address on my profile so that open networkers find it easier to add me, one of the downsides is that I get more spam emails. I accept that. You don’t get advantages without some disadvantages. I have gotten the normal money scams, we want to offer you a job and be a representative of our company scam, and everyones favorite, millions of free dollars in my bank account.
- Training scams. I have been seeing this often lately. Almost every week someone contacts me for training. If I don’t ask for it, I don’t want it.
- Mutual skills spam. I have to be honest and some of the people who have said I have skills don’t know if I have skills or not. They were people I barely knew, and who were in other departments or other companies. I think we have to say that just saying that someone has a skill isn’t very convincing. Even those certificates that people post saying that have completed a class don’t impress me. Anyone can pass a test without knowing anything about the material.
Scams exist because people don’t think critically about what is being presented to them. I must admit that sometimes I have fallen victim to scams in the past but I only made that mistake once. Too bad school doesn’t help people address and understand things in a more critical thinking way.
- Multiple ways you can be scammed
- Scams on job sites
- Nigerian scam still alive
- Lying on LinkedIn
- Communication always a challenge in companies