Tuesday, April 24, 2012

LinkedIn Spam

Here's a new one for me. I got the above message from LinkedIn. The title says, "Proposed Connection." and the message says,"Hi James - Just a quick one. I wanted to run a penny stock deal by you and get your thoughts on it. Shoot me your email and I will send you full details. The last one paul sent me we did amazing on. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, Kristopher."

Does anything look fishy to you? (Actually having AT&T service doesn't count.) I hope so.

  1. An amazing penny stock deal? Really? Why is this person contacting me? No.
  2. Who is "paul". Don't know. Don't care. No.
  3. You just want me to send my precious email to you? Double No.
  4. The tone and grammar on the message "feels" wrong. Though, to be fair, you'd be shocked at the types of initial messages I get from real people.

Just in case it's not super obvious that this is spam, let's check out the profile.

What do you notice here?

  1. No recent activity
  2. Only 4 connections
  3. No experience
  4. No real profile picture
  5. No way this is real
By the way, I looked up a "Kristopher Marts" on Facebook, and no such person exists.

And finally, while writing this post, LinkedIn went and deleted the account and message. Apparently they agree with me.

So, even if you're a penny stock junky who can't pass up on a good deal, stay away from these types of messages. It's spam/phishing/bad news. At the very least give it a couple days before responding to see if LinkedIn deletes the account.

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