Today's LinkedIn Nugget

Fakes, frauds, and fiends

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LinkedIn is rife with fakes these days. We can define these fakes if you think critically of how they present themselves to you, actually nuisances: non-people, with fake profiles, attempting to connect to you, and/or adding likes or off-context, short,  milquetoast comments to your posts.

Their profiles usually appear as headshot pictures of young women, showing them seductively dressed (definitely not business attire!), appearing as university students with very few connections and no substance to their profiles.

So,  to “So-phia,” with the low-cut blouse from the University of Southern North Dakota (I made that up to not name the university that was actually shown) with 5 connections and no profile narrative, I’m onto you. Scammer.

As the graphic above shows, secure, valued, included is earned. Unsafe, useless, outcast are perceptions of critical thinkers

Readers, please be selective and responsible in your connections and acceptance of others’ comments. I’ve said that here often before. Now I gave you another reason: false profiles.

So let’s put a stop to this, together.

Delete their comments, report them to LinkedIn as suspected fake profiles, and reject their connection request by blocking them. Click the link in the previous sentence for the procedure. Keep this handy as it’s going to come again and again and again.

I’ve had to proceed accordingly every day this week. Some days for multiple fakes stacked up in my messages and connection requests.

LinkedIn is self-policing. If you see something, do something: deny, block and report them. 

Completely changing the subject, look for guest blogger Ken Labach’s unique view of the world (literally!) tomorrow.

1 thought on “Fakes, frauds, and fiends”

  1. I have discussed this with Marc before. I keep getting a lot of invites from tech people from the Bay area with less than 50 connections. FAKE, FAKE, FAKE!

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