Spam refers to abusive, harmful, or disruptive messages and content. We encourage you to flag any content you see on LinkedIn as abusive or disruptive.
If you see content that violates our User Agreement, you can let us know by using the report option on our site. Your report will remain confidential.
More information on spam and how to report spam can be found here.
Examples of Spam
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Phishing is a tactic used by cybercriminals that typically consists of sending emails claiming to be from a legitimate company or person. Their goal is to get you to surrender sensitive information such as credit cards, usernames, passwords, or installing malware by inviting you to click on links in emails and messages.
Scam Messages are usually sent by fraudsters under false identities or by impersonating legitimate people. Their goal ranges from trying to steal your money, your identity or collect personal information or images that can be used for extortion.
Protecting Yourself from Phishing
A few ways that you can help protect yourself from phishing scams are by entering your log-in credentials only on linkedin.com or in the LinkedIn mobile app, and by not installing software from unknown sources. If you receive emails that threaten to close your account unless you act quickly, it may be an attempt to phish for your login credentials.
Keep in mind that we will never ask you to do otherwise. To learn more about how to identify a phishing email and examples of current trends, please click here.
If you receive an email and believe it is a phishing attempt, please forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you see content on LinkedIn that is suspicious or seems like a scam, we encourage you to flag it by clicking on the "..." icon within the content.
Protecting Yourself from Scams
One way to prevent seeing scams is by accepting or sending invitations only to people you know or trust. This reduces the channels in which scammers can send you messages and also reduces the exposure of scammers to your network.
You can learn more about scams and find examples of most common scam types by clicking here.
If you've received a scam message on LinkedIn, please report it to us using this form on our Help Center.
Examples of Scams
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Members' Profiles are their professional identities on LinkedIn, so it is important that they are legitimate and accurate. If you see a member profile that you believe is fake, inaccurate, or misleading, we encourage you to flag it to us.
Members sometimes inadvertently create an account or forget that they already have an account and create a new one. If you have a duplicate account, you can close it by following the self-close instructions on the settings page.
You can find out more information about duplicate accounts here.
Reporting Inaccurate Information
Profile information on LinkedIn should be truthful and accurate. If you see an account that has false or inaccurate information, you can flag it when you view the profile.
More information on reporting inaccurate information can be found here.
Reporting Fake Profiles
Fake profiles are not allowed on LinkedIn. If you see a profile that you believe to be fake, you can flag the profile when viewing it.
More information on fake profiles and how to report them can be found here.