Fake LinkedIn accounts are being used to post fake job opportunities and conduct fake interviews to scam your personal information.
The start of this scam is quite a bit different than the common ones where you receive a malicious link or infected attachment. This scam starts with a fake job posting or email about a job opportunity with fake recruiters. Most of these fake jobs have Easy Apply enabled on LinkedIn to entice many people and are posted by a person that is posing as an employee of a real company. Not all easy apply jobs are posted by a recruiter are scams but I am finding that those are the biggest red flags.. I would recommend you take a look at the recruiter’s profile and if they don’t have a couple of hundred connections then it is likely a fake account trying to scam you.
This is the start of the phase as it tricks you into thinking you got a job and are having an interview. For the most part, all of them wanted to interview within 24 hours and funny enough, all three of the ones I got wanted the interview to be done on Tuesday 7/2/2019. You may be starting to see a trend in these emails which is most likely because the same people are probably behind all these different accounts. As you may notice from looking at these pictures side by side, they have quite a few similarities. They all repeat the email you need to message on Google Hangouts twice and they all give you a set date for the interview. Most of them only give you one day to have interviews which is a big red flag. Another big red flag of these emails is that they want to do a text interview which is almost unheard of as all real interviews are over the phone, in person, or via video call. You also may notice that the emailer is not the person you will be talking to which is another trick from these people in trying to get you to trust them by making it seem like it is a well-established company and that they have different people doing different jobs, when in reality, it is most likely one person doing everything. The good thing about this scam is that they aren’t trying to get you to click a link and install a virus or anything. They are trying to get you to hand over your personal information like Social Security Number or banking information. Obviously this can turn into a big problem.
Just from the start, you may see some significant problems that I have highlighted. Those problems range from the “recruiter” misspelling words and their names, typing in all caps, asking the same questions repeatedly, or not having functional English in general. I have seen many different articles from other people who went through the same stuff and they are looking to get your bank information, social security, address, phone number, name, and email address, which I would recommend staying away from giving out because who knows what they are going to do with this information. As you may see I got blocked by one of these “Recruiters” because I asked to talk to them via email through their business email instead of Gmail because that is how all these people are tricking you by using a fake Gmail account that takes seconds to create. Make sure it is a company domain addressed email when applying for a job. For example, if I were hiring someone you would want to make sure the email is something like email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org because an email through the company domain is more legitimate and harder for these people to acquire.
As you can see in these photos from just looking up the recruiter’s name on LinkedIn or googling the email they gave you to contact, you can find red flags. For example when I looked up the “Jacey Robison” recruiter that I was supposed to talk to on LinkedIn, I found her profile and she had recently posted that so obviously that was a big red flag. In fact I think the scammers may have seen it because after it was posted I never received a reply back from the scammer. Another way to see if the recruiter is real is based on the email. Make sure they have a company email or google their email address and see what you can find. For example, if you Google my email email@example.com you will find all of my social media which is what you should look for when Googling their email. If you don’t see anything, that could be a big red flag that this recruiter is fake and that you shouldn’t share any information with them. I research every company and recruiter I have an interview scheduled with so I can learn a bit more about the company and person I am meeting with. It makes things easier to converse with them since I will know them better. I would also recommend doing this now more than ever since there are scammers out there trying to steal your information. Currently, I have mainly seen this happening in the graphic design field, but I am sure it will eventually spread to other areas.
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