New LinkedIn Spam – Pattern

May 17th, 2011 | by Jason Alba |

Yesterday I posted about some spam I am getting – four by mid-afternoon yesterday – ugh!

Here’s something I noticed… since I have a somewhat zero-tolerance policy on slimeball spammers, I go in and look for the connection to “remove”… One was from Alex V. Lambert (my apologies to anyone named Alex Lambert – I’m sure this is a fake person / fake name, so if you know a real Alex Lambert this has nothing to do with them).

I go to the Remove Connections page, click on the L for Lambert, and … he isn’t there!!

I wonder, is this a first degree contact?  Indeed it is… I went back to the original message and it shows it is a real person.

What this spammer is doing is putting the middle initial as the last name… SO, I have to go the V section to find said spammer:

I’ve found this to be true with the four from yesterday.  Identitical messages, identital account setup. The end, by the way, is the link (which I haven’t/won’t click):

Be careful!

  1. 5 Responses to “New LinkedIn Spam – Pattern”

  2. By Steve Tylock on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I know this is just crazy talk, but when you connect to people you know and trust, you don’t get any spam…


    Steven Tylock
    The LinkedIn Personal Trainer

  3. By Anon on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, of course Steve. And the choice we make on who we connect with is a personal choice, isn’t it?

    As an author and public speaker I get lots of requests, sometime daily. I don’t have the resources (time, money, energy) to email each person back to determine if I have a relationship with them…

    AND, what is “know and trust?” Where does that start? Maybe, for some relationships, it starts at the LinkedIn invitation.

    Debating the “who you should connect with” is like a religous debate – people do what they do for different reasons.

    This post is not going to be as relevant for people who have a more conservative connection strategy, but I’d guess that’s not the majority of LinkedIn users (users, being different than “signups”).

  4. By jitendra vyas on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Any suggestion on how to deal with spammingin WordPress group?

    Many people post irrelevant comments. Should I block those people in group?

  5. By Fred Dempster on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    Unfortunately there are plenty of folks who call their fulltime job finding a way to play the system to spam you. I’ve had a few recently where they trace back to a first connection on LinkedIn (one good friend who uses a different email as primary). So even if you know & trust, you are open to the crazy people. Delete, delete, delete.

  6. By Jason Alba on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Jitendra – use akismet and hope it works most of the time.

    @Fred – that’s sad :(

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