Phishers Prey on a Sea of Unsuspecting Victims - Even on LinkedIn

By: Viveka Monday January 28, 2013 comments Tags: Phishing scams, spammers

Phishing in a shark tank

Here's a Phish you Don't Want Swimming in Your Contact Pool!

I've written a few posts about Phishing Scams and Spammers on LinkedIn - and this is a great reminder to be careful.  Even though LinkedIn does a decents job of monitoring its membership, there a plenty of sharks and other nefarious goofballs who have made their way onto LinkedIn.

Yeah, we expect those "Have you seen this awful picture of you: link" in Twitter DMs, but LinkedIn is a business netowrking site!  Surely we are safe here - NOT.

Lately I've been awash in scammy InMails - and they must be workign on someone, because people are spending a lot of time and effort sending these out.

Spammy letter 1

Here's what you can do to report scammers and spammers:

    • Click on the name of the Spammer and when you get to their profile "Report as Inappropriate" if possible

    • If you don't get that option, you can always copy their Public Profile URL and report them to LinkedIn at [email protected]

    • Always report the InMail or message as spam.

Maybe, just maybe if enough of us do this, we can hold back the tide!

Here is a great Phishing infographic by James Jones of Bluefire PR - enjoy!


Phishing With Bait - Spam Threats in 2013

Phishing attacks infographic shared from


About the Author: Viveka

Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”.
CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter.  Forbes has listed her as a top social media influencer for three years running, and she has been cited in Ragan, CNN, Forbes, Mashable, Simple Living, Bloomberg, LinkedIn's Small Business Site and "The Sophisticated Marketer's Guide to LinkedIn, The Miami Herald, Social Media Today and The Social Media Examiner!

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