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Beware of LinkedIn's dark side

Beware of LinkedIn's dark side
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When it comes to chatting on social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat, you know there are dangers lurking on the other side of the screen. Half the time, you don't really know anything about your online friends, except their name and whatever else they tell you about themselves.

Unfortunately, a lot of times the "friends" you meet online aren't real people. They're made-up versions of people, with fake names and personalities. Who knows why they do it? Maybe they want to feel more confident about themselves, or maybe to up the odds of landing a date. We recently told you about a guy on the dating site Tinder who has taken on the personality of "Forrest Gump's" main character.

You know you have to be careful who you talk to on social media sites. But there has always been one exception to that rule: LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the social networking site where professionals conduct business, whether it's posting their resumes or forging relationships with colleagues, customers or even venture capitalists. In other words, LinkedIn is too serious and aboveboard for pranksters, or creepy impostors.

Except, LinkedIn has a dark side, too. Not everyone on there is your next great hire, or your next boss.

Next page: How well do you know your LinkedIn connections?
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