Why am I getting so many spam invites on LinkedIn?

Over the last few days I’ve received several LinkedIn requests that don’t look real. Typically they are from “people” with the title of Research Associate  or something similar. When I view the profile there is almost nothing there. However, they usually have at least one other connection with someone in my network. Here are a few examples — I’ve left off the connections we have in common so as not to embarrass anyone who’s blindly accepting LinkedIn invites.

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My best guess is this is some sort of spam or phishing attempt. I’ve been reporting these profiles to LinkedIn but so far no acknowledgment from them and no way to connect with them by phone.

Anyone else seeing this? Leave a comment or tweet to @HealthBizBlog.

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

4 thoughts on “Why am I getting so many spam invites on LinkedIn?

  1. whizbangkey

    I’ve been seeing it as well, but in all fairness some profiles I know are real look as fake as these. In the big picture of things, a fake LinkedIn link seems to have little malicious power, other than annoying messages. And I have enough of those I likely won’t notice an extra one!

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  2. eugeneburdick

    I get one about every other day – typically a comely young lady researcher, marketing associate and so on. Must be a list building effort of some kind – I reject all.

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