Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fraudulent LinkedIn Invitations Aren’t Just Attractive Women Anymore



A while back, I received a significant number of LinkedIn connection invites from very attractive Human Resource professionals.  At least that is what the sender wanted me to believe.  They were all fraudulent invitations.

This morning my Inbox has man connection invitations as it does any other morning.  The difference is that today I have invites from:
  • Vice President of Product Development at Oracle
  • Vice President of Engineering at Facebook
  • Vice President of Product Management at Google
I'll share only one of the photos because I'm not yet sure about the other two.




On LinkedIn, when I right clicked on this image and chose Search Google For Image from the drop down list, this is what I found..


It appears that this image is a stock image.

Looking deeper into this particular LinkedIn profile, something else didn’t look right.

I suppose it is possible for someone to go from MIT straight to a Vice President of Product Development at SAP but it didn’t look right to me.


If someone knows this gentleman and has a way to show me that I’m wrong about this profile, please call me. Though I occasionally work with rocket scientists as a recruiter, I’m not a rocket scientist myself.  There are too many things about this profile that don’t look right.

I suspect that most people who are trying to build a large LinkedIn network would have thought they hit the jackpot with these invites all arriving in the same 24 hour period:
  • Vice President of Product Development at Oracle
  • Vice President of Engineering at Facebook
  • Vice President of Product Management at Google


Wow, these fraudulent profiles are becoming highly believable.  









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