If you are a job seeker looking for a job on Linkedin, you should be careful about who you share your data with. That is because a lot of cybercriminals have been successful in duping vulnerable candidates by creating fake job offers on LinkedIn. Most people fake job offers. According to a report by NordLayer, a network security solution provider, 56 percent of businesses worldwide have encountered at least one LinkedIn scam this year.
Most common scam is the fake job offer, which accounts to 48 per cent of the scams.These scammers create seemingly legitimate job postings to collect personal information or money from unsuspecting job seekers. With the platform receiving a staggering 117 job applications per second, it provides a fertile ground for fraudsters.
“The primary function of LinkedIn — building a career — introduces one of the most common LinkedIn scams, fake job offers. With 117 job applications submitted per second on the platform, fraudsters have an ideal environment for creating a legitimate-looking job posting to collect personal information or money,” the report said.
Another common scam is LinkedIn phishing. In this scheme, scammers impersonate well-known companies or professionals using fake profiles. They send unsolicited messages or emails to LinkedIn users, requesting sensitive information. Additionally, scammers take advantage of LinkedIn’s connection culture, where users frequently receive invitations to connect. They use this as an opportunity to initiate conversations and share malicious links, hoping that users will click on them.
These scams can be categorized into two main types. Some target individuals by posing as LinkedIn users, while others operate at the company level, either under false pretenses or by impersonating existing companies.
Interestingly, small companies appear to be less affected by these scams. Only 52 percent of respondents from small companies reported experiencing such incidents, indicating a lower level of scam outreach compared to larger organizations. In fact, 47 percent of respondents confirmed that their organization’s employees were likely to be engaged in a LinkedIn scam.
“Fewer organisations with LinkedIn company profiles can explain such deviation from general tendency. The rest of the respondents (47 per cent) indicated their organisation employees are likely to be engaged in a scheme,” said the report.
The rise in LinkedIn scams highlights the need for caution when using the platform. Users should be wary of unsolicited job offers or messages that request sensitive information. Verifying the legitimacy of job postings and profiles is essential before sharing personal details. It is crucial to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to help protect oneself and others from falling victim to these scams.