LinkedIN – A hotbed for spammers
LinkedIn has started to become of of the new favorite spots for the spammers from the low cost countries like India. The mode of the operation of the LinkedIn spammers is sophisticated and LinkedIn seems to be clueless about how to go about them. Here is one of the several ways spammers work at LinkedIn
- Create a decent looking account at LinkedIn. LinkedIn does not check, if the company or the education or the photo of the person creating a new sign up at is fake or real. It is practically not possible to do so, even if it wanted to. So a person can declare himself a Google Employee and neither Google, nor LinkedIn can do anything about it.
- The next step he/she does is to add a few large companies as part of the biography. This is done by using quick copy paste from the CVs of other similar persons.
- Once this step is done, you add a large number of people from the same company. Many of them add him as his/her friend.
- Typically a women profile is preffered as this gives more legitimacy to the profile and the chances of it being accpeted increase.
- They now do the most important task. They join all the high ranking groups with large members. Since the profile looks decent, they get the approval in a day from most of the group owners.
- Once they are in the group, they start posting about their biz, brand. Often they post links that do work since it reaches a lot of relevant persons.
Linkedin recently has opened their group which essentially means that all the group posts are indexed by it. It has increased the search engine visibility and increased its traffic.
It will have to do something on the line of facebook to fight the spam, before the problem gets out of control.