Is Linked-In a new source of Nigerian Scams?

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Linked-In’s new feature to ask questions can enable a new attack forum for scams.  Here is an example:

“How can I raise money to Gold/Diamond projects in Africa?”
   View here.

The classic Nigerian scam is to email the victim saying that the victim had a rich relative that died and has millions of dollars to be claimed.  It requests the victim to send money to release the millions that the victim will receive.

This scam can now happen on Linked-In by using the new Answers feature.

The problem happens with “Super Connectors” that accept an invite from anyone who asked to connect in Linked-In.  These Super Connectors often have 1 thousand to 20 thousand links in Linked-In.  This allows a scammer to connect to a Super Connector and then scam everyone who is connected to the Super Connector.

Linked-In has a way to rank answers.  We need a way to tag questions that appear to be scams.

You would hope that the people who use linked-in are sophisticated enough to identify these scams, but that may not happen.

The feature I really want is to block questions that come from Super Connectors.  Each account could set a threshold for the number of connections that constitute a Super Connector to block.  There can also be thumbs-up and thumbs-down icons next to each question to vote away the spam-like questions.

-Bryan

Tags: Linked-In, LinkedIn, Scams, Scam

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