Avoiding LinkedIn Scams
LinkedIn Scams Coming Around Again
Savvy as we may be about online scams these days, scammers are always coming up with new ways to swindle the unsuspecting. Some of the latest are on the job-hunting and networking site, LinkedIn. Scammers want to infect your computer with malware by having you open links or files – including fake job applications. Here are some ways to keep your data safe.
- Accept connections carefully. Look over accounts to see if they look real, before simply accepting the connection request. Fake account warning signs include not having a photo and little to no personalization or work history.
- Scrutinize email links. Suspicious email that says it’s from LinkedIn? Log in to your account on the actual website and see if the email is there in your LinkedIn inbox. Genuine LinkedIn emails always come from an address that ends in “linkedin.com.” When the sender’s address is anything else, it’s a scam. Hover over links within emails to see if they’re LinkedIn links as well. Anything else, and it’s a scam. If in doubt, don’t click.
- Change your privacy settings. LinkedIn allows you to decide who can send you messages through the site, so if you’re concerned, it’s probably a good idea to adjust your privacy settings.