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How to spot a LinkedIn scam

How to spot a LinkedIn scam
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Scammers come at you any way they can - whether it's through email, the phone, social media or anywhere else - to try and steal your information or worse. Even the places you think are safe really aren't, so you need to be on your guard.

One of those places is LinkedIn. It has 330 million users and is a great resource for business networking that can help you land a job. However, if you aren't careful you can easily run into scams.

The two main ways scammers use LinkedIn are the message system and fake profiles.

The message system scam works a lot like a regular email phishing scam. You get a message in your LinkedIn inbox pretending to be from a business person or company that wants to get to know you, do business with you or provide you with a huge money-making opportunity. Just click a link to connect with them.

Except, if you click the link you're taken to a malicious website that tries to infect your computer or asks you to give up sensitive information. Just like with regular email, you need to be on your guard and not click on links in unsolicited email.

Next page: The fake profile scam and why it's even more dangerous
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