BBB warns users about LinkedIn scammers

Updated: 01/16/2014 7:12 AM
Created: 01/15/2014 6:26 PM WHEC.com

Are you on the website linked-in? It's a popular business-based social media site that a lot of people use to stay connected with other professionals.

But if you are using linked-in to find a job, the better business bureau has a warning for you.

It says scammers are taking advantage of people looking for jobs on the website. They're posing as job recruiters, and sending out messages that include a link to a website that requires personal information like social security numbers.

Officials say they use that information to steal your identity, access bank accounts and install malware on your computer.

Celia VanValkenburg, of Williamson wasn't surprised when we told her about the alert. 

"I guess that's going to be a part of society now. You really have to watch yourself. Instead of physically watch your back, you have mentally what's going on in the internet world," said VanValkenburg.

Peggy Penders, of the Better Business Bureau said, "They're looking for financial opportunity. They're looking for identities that could help them with their ploys. So you have to be careful about sharing your information."

So how can you protect yourself before adding someone on linked-in? 

Check out their profile and connections. Make sure you actually know the person. Remember you will never be asked to pay for a legitimate job. Always be skeptical of work-at-home jobs. Do a Google search on any recruiter. If you're contacted through a message, insist that you will call them back.


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