Recently, I got a bizarre message in my business email box from a fellow seeking to connect on LinkedIn.
Ideally, people don’t connect with those they don’t know, but LinkedIn bills itself as “the world’s largest professional network.” As such, most connections are job opportunities, networking, reconnecting with colleagues from the past, learning from business-related articles, and so forth. The LAST thing you’d expect to find would be something like this:
Hi I was just looking around the site,cos i just got posted few months back, when i crossed your picture and i think on my eyes you are the most attractive of all woman here, yeah i’m kinda far from where you are but i thought i would just leave you a message and hopefully you won’t blame me to try to get know you a little bit more… im kind and respectful and love to spend time with someone doing different things from walking through a park, going out on the town to a movie or dinner, to staying at home for whatever comes to mind for watching movies and spending private time together. Please let me know either way if i am what you are looking for or not. I hope to hear back from you soon.
It was signed (with “kisses and hugs”) by a stranger, who included his full-suited photo and contact info.
Feeling a LOT creeped out, I fired off an indignant message to the powers-that-be at LinkedIn, attaching the message, and requesting their help in stopping nonsense like this. They promised to get to the bottom of it, but that was the last I heard.
But being something of a computer geek, I did a bit of sleuthing on my own. And what I found out is even creepier: The exact same message, same photo, same contact info on a Scammers/Phishing site!! And I wasn’t the only one targeted, either.
Good thing my “creep radar” was on and I deleted the message.
I debated whether to write about this at all (I don’t want to legitimize it with publicity), but warning y’all to be careful online seems more crucial. And really, there’s a fine line between being “social” and sharing too much, and we all need reminders now and then.
So what’s the latest scam you didn’t fall for?