8 tips to detect a fake LinkedIn profile

Marketing Jan 29. 2018
linkedin profil

The networking platform LinkedIn has exploded in growth over the past few years and there is still more and more people who want to present their skills, knowledge and professional achievements. With its rapid expansion, it has experienced a growing problem with fake profiles. 

The question is: why you should want to detect a fake profile? Connecting with a fake LinkedIn profile can give scammers access to important and powerful information about you, such as details about your history, company and professional contacts. 

1. Fake profile photo 

Often, scammers will use the photo of a lesser-known actor or actress (or even an image of well-known public figure). How to find out that it is not a real person? Click on the person's profile photo and then right-click to select "copy image address". Then open the tool Tin Eye, upload the image URL and see the result

2. Incomplete profile

One common signifier of fake LinkedIn accounts is the lack of any real information about the individual. If there is some information, it is often in the form of mostly generic statements that lack any specificity. 

Profiles of real people typically include a mixture of personal details such as causes, hobbies, education, recommendations and others. 

fake linkedin profile
Source: Czechrecruiter.blogspot.sk.

3. Limited connections (< 100) 

It is not the rule, but it occurs very often, too. If someone cares about their LinkedIn profile, they try to find new connections and people who they know or want to know. However, the scammer often does not care about it, so the number of his connections is low. 

4. Poor spelling & grammar

In many fake profiles, there are some clear presentation errors - misspellings and poor grammar. The scammer does not waste his time by checking the written (or even copied) text and then can overlook some mistakes.

fake linkedin profile
Source: tes.com. 

5. Suspicious work history 

Scammers do not have a time for creating and specifying their experiences or previous positions. Of course, there is something so they do not have a completely empty profile, but in that case you can discover this "cheap" trick.    

6. Suspect connection request

If you get a request from Bill Gates, Richard Branson or someone else who is not likely to send you a LinkedIn request unless he knows you personally, something is wrong. In this case, you can be sure that this is definitely a fake profile. 

fake linkedin profile bill gates
Source: linkedin.com. 

7. Lack of engagement

Social media is designed to foster two-way conversation. It means that when someone sends you a request, you retake it and send it back to the person. You should also be involved in the community and be active - if you really care about your profile. However, fake profiles do not generally show any activity and especially no interaction.  

8. Fake name

And there is, of course, a fake name. It is hard to guess whether the name is right or nor, but the scammers are often inspired by a known surname.

Michaela Rostecka Marketing manager
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