Recently a recruiter at linkedin approached me. It was about an opportunity matching with my “impressive background” as in his words. Ah! How nice!
He messaged that he was looking to hire someone with my background! When I responded, he further showed his interests to have a conversation with me and gave me a brief description about his company. And requested for my phone number.
I was not as stupid as he expected to give my number!
I searched for his background in linkedin. To my surprise, it was a blank page with just a profile name and not any activities . Nothing more. Likewise the company he referred too didn’t have any professional appearance on linkedin and I couldn’t trace that company from google too. I felt some anomalies at this stage. So I just asked him to pass me the webpage link. As expected no further responses! He disappeared.
Fake linkedin recruiters are all around there. I don’t claim that the one who approached me was of that type. But indeed it rang a bell. Actually even the professional fraudsters have better approaches now, they won’t simply work with an unprofessional page. They are actually smart enough to cook up authentic looking websites!
So if these kind of imposters ever coming on your track,
1. Google about the recruiter as well the referred company, check if it’s professional with proper logo, enough followers and activities .
2. Search the credibility of the LinkedIn page, if you smell any anomalies, be cautious. Never ignore the alarm bells.
3. Never ever pay money in advance or share your personal information
So even if you are struggling to find a job, be cautious enough not to end up as the victims of these imposters .