I'm going to continue the LinkedIn Lovefest from last week by detailing here the fake connection requests I receive for the week as well as the subsequent research I conduct to determine how deep the cancerous root is growing. Your comments are always appreciated.
(2:22 AM ET) This profile of Anthony Field is another example of a self-employed person with an Americanized name and an American education (note – I've been seeing an inordinate number of fake profiles with UCLA as it's school of choice). Seemingly from Chicago and working in Banking, the email associated with "Mr. Field" is email@example.com and the Maverick Wan Import and Export was incorporated in Hong Kong on June 13, 2014.
(12:01 AMET) "Maria- Elisabeth Schaeffler" (notice the hyphen and space), self-employed in a private business in the Czech Republic in the International Affairs sector (keep snickering) has 335 connections. 335 chumps (are their names John?) who accept without thinking and perpetuate LinkedIn's myths.
She won't have mine.
(6:44 AM ET) I come from a Military family and in hindsight (and my WWII Vet Dad agrees) I grew up with my behind feeling the effects of PTSD (Dad and I are cool with things - I was a handful), so when I receive connection requests from miscreants using members of the US Military, it boils my blood.
Fortunately, this profile has already been deleted since I viewed the request a two hours ago but an image search on it revealed that the real soldier has been abused in a range of scams for over three years. Here's the romance scam.
With my blood bubbling out of control, I searched LinkedIn, First Name(general) and Country(Afghanistan): 19
Moving on to First Name(general) and Country(United States): 95
I went through a random clicking of these 114 profiles and all had spelling, grammatical, military, and location errors. C'mon LinkedIn, if you choose to do little at least go after these douchebags who pervert the great work of all those who served!
(3:03 AM ET) Speaking of weapons, the profile of Sophie Cameron might not be fake but...the profile selfie pic seems way out of place on a "professional" site like LinkedIn. Notice as well the lack of a location as well as the "odd" nature of the position titles.
I sent Sophie an InMail asking her about her profile picture and its appropriateness for LinkedIn. I'll update this post when I hear from her.
(9:13 AM ET) Daniel Wilfred looks innocuous enough; heck 22 big names are connected with him. Correction: As I'm typing this, another fool accepted his connection request.
Except they're unaware that his profile is fake. Image searching led to this profile:
then checking LinkedIn for other instances of Mr. Wilfred produced these beauties:
Damn, Danny Wilfred sure gets around the globe! Hire him immediately!
Seriously, these four "LinkedIn users" have 1,392 connections between them.
This is fraudulent.
Not quite a connection request - but an email outreach that led to me doing 2 minutes of research; read this line by line – you might notice a thing or two:
Subject: Would you like to reduce your cost?
We apologize for this unsolicited email. This email intends you to introduce “Acute Outsourcing Ltd”, the recruitment company assisting you in placing the right person for the right job. We aim to save your high costs which you spend in having access of job boards. Our five year experience in recruitment and outsourcing industry motivate our clients to enhance their business by reducing their direct costs.
We have our own automated database and have access to the leading Jobs Board like Reed, Total Jobs, Job Site, CV Library, Monster, CW Jobs, Planet Recruit, Just Engineers, NHS JOBS, etc.
Our core services include;
1. Head Hunting
3. CVs search, and
4. Database Management
Our professional team does this by;
It is obvious that you cannot assess our company merely through by this email. For this purpose we are offering “Unpaid Trial” for two job role so that you can understand more about our capabilities and potential. If you find that our search is in accordance to your job roles specifications, you can establish a permanent, temporary or ad-hoc basis contract with us.
Numbers of recruitment agencies and employers are meeting their candidate resourcing needs by taking advantage of our sourcing services through our dedicated Resourcers. Our team is engaged in reducing any kind of outsourcing burden. In short, our company is offering tailored services that are fair enough to meet your candidate sourcing needs.
Acute Outsourcing Inc.
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7193 1831
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
With visions of a grammatical cesspool dancing in my head, I checked out Mr. Tait's profile on LinkedIn; there are red flags galore with this work of art. Back to emails for a bit.
I emailed Mr. Tait back (my italics):
Please remove me from your email marketing list
...to which he responded with (my italics):
Sure dear you can’t see me in future.
Huh? I had to find out:
I'll wager your name isn't even Billy
For someone with so much education, it's laughable to see the plethora of grammatical errors in your email
I must have piqued Mr. Tait's interest because he replied (again, I'm not editing, just pasting):
If u want to be my teacher will u point out my errors
Steve: What is your real name?
Billy: Will u tell me one thing you asked me to remove you form my emails database
But you send me emails. One and other are u free and work to do :)
Imaged search his LinkedIn profile pic; go here to see his mug (scroll through the images):
http://www.nsbm.co.in/ which curiously enough has the same web design format as this:
Checked LinkedIn for others working at Acute Outsourcing:
Daven Morning AND Daven Morgan? Surprised?
sylvia andrews (5:04AM ET) :: This one is obvious from the lowercase name to the 9 years of education to "the look" that screams SPAM! About 30 seconds later, I had this link. Love is such a many splendored thing.
Coleen Smith (9:18AM ET) :: I'm dubious of any connection request these days that come from a DM or lead gen firm. Coleen works at TouchPoints Global (TPG on "her" profile) as a Social Media Marketing Specialist. Her only email is via Hotmail.
Searching LinkedIn for current Touchpoints Global "employees" produces 30 profiles with very similar profiles and job descriptions – and attractive women. The one exception is Jorge Levy, a developer. Something smells rotten here.
pat webb (10:45AM ET) :: Aaaaand, as I'm writing this (10:55AM ET), I noticed another request, lowercase and all. What's funny are the three people I have in common with pat webb; should I tell them?