Tips on how to detect fake/scam profile

For every social/business platform, these lowlifes will find it.

I came up with this tips after spending some research, interacting and conducting private workshops on scammers since 2012. This post is dedicated to my young network who have been buzzing me with questions on how to detect fake profile. There is no hard and fast rule, some LinkedIn users are just not sure how to manage their profiles, and they might end up with empty profiles or saying the wrong thing during interaction. That is the caveat.

Always trust your gut feels when there are red flags.

1) Profile picture looks photoshop-ed. Too good looking and with a heart tugging theme – a great looking picture with a child, a dog, a cat.

2) They quickly request for an off-line chat

3) For some strange reasons, most scammers work as an engineer in oil and gas company (and don’t know what is upstream or downstream, or spell engineer). Some state they work for banks and is not aware that Citibank has rebranded to Citi years ago

4) Misspelling, bad grammar – ‘I work as a Lutnen Conel”.

5) They ask you what you do you do when your profile is pretty clear on that

6) They ask for money.


Happy networking, peeps!


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