LinkedIn has become a powerful tool for job seekers looking to gain an edge on the competition. Connecting with a hiring manager or top executive could be the ticket to finding a new job.
But scammers are using the social media site in a different way. Con-artists are connecting with professionals in order to gain personal information, like business emails, to send you spam or malware.
If your computer were to get a virus, you and your company could lose valuable information.
However, spotting these fake profiles can be easy, if you know what to look for.
BBB offers these tips when trying to keep your LinkedIn profile safe:
Look at their connections. If the person requesting a connection with you doesn’t have many of their own, the profile may be fake. Low number connections are a red flag that the person could be a scammer. Additionally, check to see if you have any common connection with the requester.
Check their profile picture. Many times scammers will use stock photos that seem professionally taken. But a quick Google Image search can identify the source of the picture.
View their profile for any missing information. A profile with more details is more likely to get a second look from employers. Profiles lacking substance like skills, endorsement, and education are all bad signs. Also, look to see if profile is part of a closed group that has to verify its members.