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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.

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  1. Peter Pan
    June 15th, 2011 at 22:33 | #1

    Yes, I am turned of by many of the distracting discussions where people want to talk about nothing but their product. This does not look decent. Interestingly there is nothing like a moderator in these groups who can tone down or delete the spamming post or ban the person from posting.

  2. Alex
    June 16th, 2011 at 01:32 | #2

    LinkedIn can spoil your job prospects. Suppose you have worked in company A and have expertise in area X. Now you worked on Company B with expertise in Area Y.

    You want to search now for a job only in Area Y. Your experience in Area X, may be seen as a weak point. Linkedin will show it to your potential employer, reducing your job prospects.

    The networking using LinkedIn is a myth. No one gets a job using networking using LinkedIn.

  3. June 21st, 2011 at 08:10 | #3

    Alex, I know of many people that have found jobs through LinkedIn. If you’re profile is up to date and complete, and you have the right skillsets, people (recruiters, corporate recruiters, hiring managers,etc.) will find you. I personally have contacted many professionals and help them land jobs through LinkedIn.