Scams that prey on business professionals are everywhere. Some scams that pretend to be legitimate organizations can be very hard to detect.

One that your Ottawa IT professionals have been seeing quite a bit in our inbox recently are fake LinkedIn invitations.

We thought it be a good reminder to address this today with you.

Below is a screen shot from a real LinkedIn invitation a friend of ours received recently:

real linkedin message

And here is the fake one we also received:

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NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE?

The real LinkedIn invitation:

  • uses the LinkedIn logo
  • has the “accept” button which is used for making connections on LinkedIn’s site
  • uses the email address of member@linkedin.com
  • indicates the number of mutual connections
  • includes your name and your headline at the bottom

On the fake LinkedIn invite:

  • hovering over most all of the hyperlinks will show that the link itself will take you somewhere else if you clicked on it, NOT to LinkedIn

Don’t click on any links within the email. Instead, open your browser and go directly to LinkedIn. If you have invitations waiting for you, it was legit. If not, then it wasn’t.

With all the phishing scams out there, avoiding the links in emails (except if you know the person who sent it to you and the message fit with who they are) might be the best way to go. Be safe out networking on LinkedIn.

Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 20th September 2013 by Ernie Sherman.