Quick Facts
  •  On LinkedIn you display your professional experience and achievements on your profile. 
  • Abuse Occurring via LinkedIn: Emails and related contact details are accessible on LinkedIn. 
  • This may be influenced by the level of access afforded to users – for example, premium service recipients are able to send messages direct to a certain number of prospective connections. 
  • LinkedIn has become a popular platform to for recruitment, subsequently attracting employment scammers. 
  • LinkedIn experienced a data breach in 2016 in which usernames and passwords were exposed. 

  • Go to Linkedin’s privacy settings and review who can access your contact information. 
  • Ensure your email and LinkedIn account have strong and separate passwords – If a scammer can access one, they can access both. 
  • Do your research on individuals wanting to contact you about a job opportunity. 
  • Don’t match with connections you do not know or do not trust. 
  • Review the type of information you post about yourself. You don’t need to share your full name and date birth. Never share credential information, such as images of licences and passports. 
  • Always use anti-virus and be careful to only access social media on trusted Wi-Fi. 
  • Check and download LinkedIn updates. 

Detection & Response 
  • ‍Invitations to connect with unknown people who send emails containing links aimed at directing you away from the LinkedIn in order to facilitate deceptive engagement. 
  • Fake Jobs / Money laundering where job opportunities are made by criminals that are administrative, requires a person to transfer money (often overseas), and may even demand an ‘Application Fee’ is paid. 
  • Receiving unsolicited emails with a .zip file attached that may contain malware/Trojans that can steal your data. 
  • Receiving unsolicited emails seemingly target towards your profession/interests, these may be phishing emails. 
  • ‍Forward or send a screenshot of any suspicious emails/messages to safety@linkedin.com 
  • Download and run the latest anti-virussoftware. 
  • Change your Linkedin password, preferably from another device. 
  • Remove or block the connection who sent the suspicious email/message. 
  • Delete suspicious emails from your account. 

For more facts of social media security please see our other Social Media Fact Sheets


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