Whenever you put your personal information on the internet, you make yourself vulnerable to scammers. Here are three of the most devious ways that dishonest people take advantage of LinkedIn users, and how you can spot them.
1. Fake Contact Requests
Scammers send contact requests through fake accounts, often with the intention of causing you to click on a link that will install malware on your computer. Avoiding a LinkedIn scam like this one requires you to be vigilant about whose request you accept and which links you follow.
2. Bogus Job Offers
It is extremely unlikely that a company would make offers and hire solely through LinkedIn. If a supposed potential employer asks you to submit your social security number or bank information, assume that the job is not legitimate and contact LinkedIn right away.
3. Impersonated Technical Support
Be wary of emails from people claiming to work for LinkedIn. Clues that a message may not be legitimate are misspelled words, fees for LinkedIn customer support, and requests for passwords or access to your computer.
While everyone wants to grow their professional network by adding as many contacts as possible, it is important to stay safe on the internet. Watch for signs of dishonesty and report any suspicious behavior right away.