LinkedIn used to be a relatively secure online oasis for job hunters. In an effort to find
work, you were able to get in touch with business executives, organizations you wanted
to work for, as well as former and present coworkers. And you managed to accomplish everything while avoiding LinkedIn scammers.
However, when employment scammers appeared, everything was different. Before, you
would be thrilled if a recruiter contacted you via LinkedIn and requested your resume
and cover letter, but these days, you never know if you're really speaking to a recruiter
Here are some guidelines for avoiding LinkedIn scams and staying secure online.
● Know who you’re talking to.
Imagine that a recruiting manager contacts you because he has read your profile and
believes you are the best fit for the position he is attempting to fill. Do some research
before sending your cover letter and CV. Start by looking at his LinkedIn profile. Is it fully
filled out and complete? Does he have a wide network? Does he represent a reputable
company? Investigate this guy online to see if you can confirm his identity if you can't
figure it out from his LinkedIn page.
● Pay no money Ever
You receive an InMail from a headhunter offering to support your job search. The
problem is that he demands payment upfront. While paying someone to speed up your
job search is not unheard of, you should never pay someone up front. If you're asked to
do it in advance, you can be in the thick of some LinkedIn spam.
● Be sensible
You've been looking for work for a while and you're starting to feel a little desperate. So
you're excited when a recruiter asks to have an interview. However, he requests to
conduct the interview at 11:00 p.m. over instant chat. You wouldn't be expected to
attend an interview at a time that is unusual for where you live, even if you were
applying for a telecommuting job with a company that is several hours ahead of you.
Similar to instant messaging interviews, a job scam will never use these methods. If you
are asked to do either, be aware that you are about to fall victim to fraud.
● Examine your email
For a possible job opportunity, it's one thing for a recruiter to get in touch with you via
LinkedIn. But if the follow-up emails come from a Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo email
address, that's a different story. If a professional recruiter or hiring manager is
considering you, he should ideally be affiliated with a business and have access to its
If you're hesitant, you may always get in touch with the business to make sure the
person is employed there and to validate his email address.
After all, some cunning con
artists will take a legitimate company's email address and make a small modification to
it. A fraudster might change the email address to read email@example.com if, for
instance, the company you're scheduled to interview with is Golden Company, Inc.
Therefore, when verifying email addresses, take particular care.
● Be mindful of links
Some con artists may contact you with a job offer and instruct you to click a link to visit
the company's website. Be cautious about what you click on as often these are phishing
schemes. To see where the hyperlink will lead you, simply hover your cursor over it.
You're heading in the direction of a job scam if it's not LinkedIn (or a legitimate
Even while LinkedIn is still a fantastic tool for job hunters, you should be cautious of
scammers. After all, LinkedIn has over 300 million users, making it a haven for job
scammers. So to avoid LinkedIn spam, be careful of hyperlinks, improperly written
emails, slightly altered company names, and email addresses, and requests for payment
to help you find work. You may use LinkedIn to connect with actual people and locate
real employment if you apply some caution. And it's not a con.