This post is in english as I wish to hear also the thoughts of my global network. (Update 4.2.2014)
Something very strange and suspicious happened to me this week. I would like to share the story with my blog followers and hope that someone within LinkedIn Corp. or Resurs Bank has some informative comments to share regarding this case.
Monday October 7th I receive a networking invitation (on LinkedIn) from Marie Gustafson at Resurs Bank Sweden. She had a proposal to me. I am looking for a new job so a job proposal sounded like a nice thing. Therefore I linked with her. She wanted to have my email address in order to tell me more about the job proposal. As my email can be found under “contact info” on my LinkedIn profile I did not think it would be harmful to share my email with her. I received her email first. It was email@example.com.
Tuesday October 8th I receive an email from Marie, but the email address was firstname.lastname@example.org and the message was not a job proposal.
I copy the email here:
I opened LinkedIn in order to read more about this Marie. She had though disappeared from my network. Of course one can delete a new connection using “remove connection” on the Contacts page. But I have not during my 5 years on LinkedIn seen anyone make herself a shadow. (I could still find her via search, but trying to click on her page makes it disappear… and I had not experienced earlier that messages sent to me have suddenly disappeared).
Very strange indeed.
As Resurs Bank is found on LinkedIn as a company and employer, I thought the company’s CEO would like to know what is done in the company’s name. I sent a message to the CEO telling him this story.
I received a short email from the company’s digital communicator. She wrote: It is very difficult to control this kind of spamming. You have received a spam email, which has nothing to do with us. It is unfortunate that someone spams in our name. What we can do is to warn that it exists and inform you it is not from us.
It would have been nice to receive a reply to my question regarding Marie. I knew the email was spam. The question was though not about the email, it was about the LinkedIn profile, done in Resurs Bank’s name!
LinkedIn replied to me: Thanks for bringing this possible scam message to our attention. LinkedIn was never created to be used as a tool to send these types of messages. It’s both inappropriate and a violation of our User Agreement. Please know we will investigate and research your case and act upon our results. This activity is not condoned by LinkedIn.
I did not hear of the outcome of the investigation or of results. I and others have waited for a reaction and reply for 6 months.
Have you experienced something like this? Why would anyone go through such trouble on LinkedIn to gain one email? The email content is of course totally bogus.
The question regarding fake accounts with real company details remains.