Local business owner targeted by scheme on LinkedIn

Better Call Jackson

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Millions of people use LinkedIn. The social media site helps to connect people to join networks or to request job or career advice.

Unfortunately, thieves are using the site to try and make illegal connections with your money.
Better Call Jackson received a call from Joe Mercurio, who has almost fifty years experience in the produce industry and he uses LinkedIn.

Joe received a notice that informed him he was chosen for a survey. It’s a busy time of the year for Joe with his fall wine, grape and juice business, so he didn’t think much about it until a package was sent to him via priority mail.

“Low and behold, there’s a check for $2,900.42. What was the check for? The check was to buy the gift cards”, said Mercurio.

But the additional instructions sent up a red flag for Joe, who was supposed to deposit the check and buy the gift cards.

“Then they wanted the numbers on the gift cards and I thought, wow, this doesn’t quite seem 100% here”, said Mercurio.

All social media sites are peppered with con artists, lurking and setting the bait for the unsuspecting but Joe never took the bait, in fact, he played along with the alleged scammer until Joe mentioned the local police department.  “After I mentioned that I was going to let the fraud division know and check this out make sure it is 100% legit, the emails stopped and I thought, there it is, it is a scam”, says Mercurio.

These scams are tricky to spot because the emails typically look like authentic LinkedIn emails. However, there are several ways you can spot this kind of LinkedIn email scam:

1. Look at the email address of the sender. If it is not a linkedin.com email address, it’s a scam.

2. Hover over each hyperlink in the email to see the link’s URL. If the link is not to a LinkedIn webpage, you know it’s a scam.

3. If you are at all uncertain about the validity of the email, log into your LinkedIn account. If the email is real, you will have the same notice in your message folder in LinkedIn.

LinkedIn does have a security department that investigates schemes like the one Joe experienced. You can contact them at security@linkenin.com .

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