How criminals can use LinkedIn
- As part of your network, a LinkedIn contact can see your email address (if you made that available). Since LinkedIn helps to create an established business connection, you may be more apt to open a phishing email.
- Criminal can better tailor the phishing email if they know your profile. Knowing what you do for a living, what type of job you have, etc. makes it easier to create a legit looking phishing email.
Precautions to keep you safer
Don't accept LinkedIn connections from:
- people you don't know or know of.
- people who you don't at least have a second - or third-hand connection to you.
- people who have no trusted trusted connections.
- people with very few connections.
How to research LinkedIn
- Take a second to insure that the LinkedIn profile really belongs to the person it says it does. Check to see if you have mutual connections on LinkedIn and, if you do, reach out to those individuals to verify.
- When in doubt, use Google's “Search By Image” feature to see if the photo is of the person it says it is. Often fake profiles feature photos from ads or of models.
- Check periodically to make sure no one's opened an account in your name, or in a common variant on your name.
- If you see profiles, messages or content this looks suspicious, report it to LinkedIn.
How to report abuse
- Look for the three dots in the upper right corner, click report and select the best option that describes your concerns. You can also contact LinkedIn's customer service team directly through the Help Center.