Facebook scams move to LinkedIn
There’s a fairly common Facebook scam where someone clones an account, then sends out friend requests to friends of that person. This actually happened to a friend over the holiday break. The only problem was that most of the folks who got friend requests were actually security people. Security people who thought it was very, very funny to play along with said scammer.
The scam account didn’t last long, partly because FB security is pretty good and partly because a few of the folks the scammer invited were FB employees. I’m sure, though, that for a brief moment the scammer thought he’d found the motherlode of scam victims.
Today I got a similar scam on LinkedIn. A very bare account with little in the way of information about who this was.
I don’t like connecting with these kinds of profile. But, the name does sound vaguely familiar. So I do a little Googling. And I find another LinkedIn profile for the same person, but this profile has a lot more info: A picture, a statement, 500+ connections, all the things one expects from a real person on LinkedIn.
So yes, Facebook scams have rolled over to LinkedIn. Be careful out there, folks. Pay attention to who you’re friending on all social media, not just FB or LinkedIn. Discretion is the better part of valor and all.