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Posted on 08/04/2014 2:34:29 PM PDT by Vinylly

I keep getting an email from a Dr. Jack Clemes via Linkedin. I don't know who Dr. Jack Clemes is and I don't know what 'Linkedin' is either. He gave a reference knowing all about my Daughter and Son-in-law, where they live and where they work. I called my daughter to see if she knew anything about him. She responded that they have never heard of him. This is what makes me suspicious. I keep getting emails from him but always delete them. I really don't know what he wants and am afraid it is a scam. Has something like this ever happened to any of you.


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KEYWORDS: linkedin

1 posted on 08/04/2014 2:34:29 PM PDT by Vinylly
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To: Vinylly

No but thanks for the heads up.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 2:35:54 PM PDT by jmacusa (Liberalism defined: When mom and dad go away for the weekend and the kids are in charge.)
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To: Vinylly

Add him to your junk list and forget him. If your gut tells you its a scam then its a scam.

BTW, anything from linkedin is duplicated if you go to the site. So if its real you can confirm it there.


3 posted on 08/04/2014 2:37:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Vinylly

LinkedIn is a business social media.


4 posted on 08/04/2014 2:37:24 PM PDT by xone
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To: Vinylly

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-jack-clemes/88/5ba/b75


5 posted on 08/04/2014 2:38:28 PM PDT by xone
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To: Vinylly

Google him. Suspicious.


6 posted on 08/04/2014 2:39:09 PM PDT by OwenKellogg (Fundamental transformation leads to ... you don't want to go there, buddy.)
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To: Vinylly

Linked In is obviously involved in a massive drive to become a Facebook-sized phenomenon. I’m getting tons of emails supposedly from acquaintances wanting me to join their Linked In circle. I just dump ‘em. Linked In appears to be data mining using Facebook and other social sites to determine who knows who.


7 posted on 08/04/2014 2:39:28 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Vinylly

If you are not a member of LinkedIn, then they will not be sending you emails. If you look at the email headers, you will almost certainly see that this email is not really from LinkedIn.


8 posted on 08/04/2014 2:40:20 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

Good point. Spammers and scammers could easily use Linked In for their own purposes. But Linked In is definitely getting more aggressive in its own efforts to sign up members.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 2:42:27 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Vinylly

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, consider it a scam or virus “opportunity.”


10 posted on 08/04/2014 2:42:33 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: Vinylly

He’s a cousin to a Mr. Richard Fedder from Fort Lee, NJ.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 2:42:41 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Vinylly

Linkedin is one of those sites that email addresses are ‘mines’ from.

You might try ‘bouncing’ the email back to the sender. If they are legit, they may get the message. If the email is trying to sell you something, place it in the ‘spam’ filter your ISP provides.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 2:43:46 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Vinylly

I received a LinkedIn request to join from an office manager with my company in the nearest office. I contacted him; he said he is not signed up with them. I suspect someone who is signed up had him on their e-mail list and was hacked.

Summary execution is too good for hackers.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 2:45:56 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JennysCool

That happened to me. LinkedIn sent invitations to everyone I had ever sent an EMAIL from my google account. I still don’t understand how it happened.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 2:48:05 PM PDT by DManA
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To: proxy_user

My husband left LinkedIn a year ago. He still receives emails from people wanting to link to him. They DO come thru LinkedIn, but they are NOT from the individuals. LinkedIn appears to generate these emails from their files. This has also happened to another friend of my husband who had quit LinkedIn.

FB did this for a time, as well. I would get invitations from actual friends and acquaintances, but they did not send them. FB did. I never responded thru FB and never joined and the messages stopped.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 2:49:33 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Vinylly

One possibility... I know lawyers are employing doctors to make cold calls/emails based on medical information discovered in regard to class action suits.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 2:50:04 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: JennysCool
I've been a LinkedIn member for a few years. Basically it's a way for me to keep my resume "out there" as well as keep in touch with present and former colleagues should I ever find myself in a job-hunting situation. Likewise, some good candidates have come to me through LinkedIn that we have hired. So for the most part, Linkedin seems on the up and up.

However in recent months, LinkedIn has this new "profile update" feature where if you aren't careful, everybody in your address book who is not already connected to you will get a LinkedIn invite. This can be disconcerting if you have a lot of people in your address book who are not work colleagues because they you will have aunts, cousins, casual friends and whatnot getting these invites and they will think you are spamming them.

17 posted on 08/04/2014 2:50:47 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: headstamp 2

Did your grandma Nanna Roseanne Roseannadanna tell you that?


18 posted on 08/04/2014 2:51:19 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Makes sense. My husband has a gmail account. When I was receiving the FB invites, I did not have a gmail account.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

It was embarrassing. But I did hook up with a cousin I’d lost contact with through it.


21 posted on 08/04/2014 2:54:34 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA; SamAdams76

See Sam’s #17.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 2:58:13 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Vinylly

I got an email to connect with an acquaintance through LinkedIn. I sent her a regular email telling her I don’t do social websites or emails. She apologized, and said she was sorry she had even joined the site. If you don’t want to keep getting invitations to connect with this person, at the bottom of the email(s), you should see the following message:

You are receiving Invitation to Connect emails.

Click the Unsubscribe link right next to it.

As soon as I did that, the messages stopped.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 2:58:43 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Vinylly

I get stuff from LinkedIn all the time. I consider it 100% spam and ignore it all.


24 posted on 08/04/2014 3:00:04 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Vinylly

I got messages from one of my cousins from LinkedIn for several weeks. I replied to HER, not the email. She had a virus on HER computer. Got her computer cleaned and the emails stopped.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 3:01:34 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Vinylly

LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. Is the information he is providing accurate? It could be he knows someone who knows someone if your relative is not on LinkedIn. Or he may be trying to reach someone else with your same name. I would reply to him that you are not interested and please do not contact you again. If he persists, contact LinkedIn. Just google them.


26 posted on 08/04/2014 3:01:59 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1

“One possibility... I know lawyers are employing doctors to make cold calls/emails based on medical information discovered in regard to class action suits”

This will result in disbarment. Please send me their names so I can report them to their state Bar.


27 posted on 08/04/2014 3:02:15 PM PDT by Oregon Betsy Ross
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To: DManA

“Did your grandma Nanna Roseanne Roseannadanna tell you that?”

Yes,

Emily Latella sez “never mind”.


28 posted on 08/04/2014 3:03:20 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Vinylly

Might be an Obama operative. Make any threats recently?


29 posted on 08/04/2014 3:04:48 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: DManA
LinkedIn sent invitations to everyone I had ever sent an EMAIL from my google account.

There's your problem right there..."google".

30 posted on 08/04/2014 3:08:34 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SamAdams76
Does anybody know what that stupid "endorsement" feature is on LinkedIn? I have gotten emails that say "Joe Blow endorsed you for Project Management!" but when I ask Joe he hadn't done a thing. I am sure others get emails saying I endorsed them.

Like you, I use it to keep track of colleagues both for recruiting and potential job-hunting purposes. I have FB but only use it for keeping track of family and closest friends. As much as I hate both sites, they have enabled me to touch base with peoe I thought I'd lost contact with forever. Sad that they have to use it for data mining but they have to pay the bills.

31 posted on 08/04/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Vinylly

Report this to LinkedIn and get this dude tossed. This should not be occurring on a profession social media like LinkedIn.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 3:25:42 PM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, was not there!)
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To: informavoracious
Most people are using the "endorsement" feature wrong. When you look at somebody's profile who is a "first level" contact of yours, you will likely get a pop-up asking if you endorse that person for certain skills. Some of those skills will be in the pop-up and might have nothing to do with what that person does at all. What Linked-in wants you to do is to delete the skills that don't apply and add those that do. But most people click "endorse" just to get the box out of the way.

What they should do is click "skip" to make the box go away or at least make the effort to ensure that the skills they are endorsing this person for are accurate.

It's LinkedIn's attempt to make their site "more sticky" but it's mostly annoying.

33 posted on 08/04/2014 3:27:52 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: JimRed

The whole dam model operates by twisting words to make users think someone actually wants to contact them. I am a member of LinkedIn and get this email crap simply by some other LinkedIn member browsing my profile. Annoying in the least, but interesting as well to see who is looking at my profile. Just contact LinkedIn on this dude and raise holy hell!


34 posted on 08/04/2014 3:29:45 PM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, was not there!)
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To: Vinylly

Probably not a scam - Linked In is a business social network that has some bad manners. I have a friend who was a member for a while and even though he quit it, I still get invites. I assume tha bad manners is to try to grow the numbers to eventually turn into a profitable, Ala Facebook, business. The difference is Facebook ties a kazillion folks together via contacts of contacts while leaving it up to the people to request “friending” and Linked In seems to generate its own invites - bad business model.


35 posted on 08/04/2014 3:34:59 PM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: DManA
>> LinkedIn sent invitations to everyone I had ever sent an EMAIL from my google account. I still don’t understand how it happened. <<

Me too. LinkedIn default settings sets permission to access your Gmail contacts. You have to proactively disable this setting.
Worse than that I know of people who got invitations from NOT even in my contacts. Somehow LinkedIn can find out people who you never emailed directly but might be on the same distribution list and send them invitations. There is another setting in Gmail that you can set to decouple Gmail from third party applications.
See below link.
Account Permissions - list of third-party sites and applications
36 posted on 08/04/2014 3:39:55 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: headstamp 2

LOL!!


37 posted on 08/04/2014 3:54:24 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Vinylly

I looked at his linkedin page and it’s in ALL CAPS. Dead give away... The question is how he knows about your kids. Facebook maybe? Someone sharing a little too much?


38 posted on 08/04/2014 4:13:16 PM PDT by lwd
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To: DManA

If you’re a member, the home screen has a link with something along the lines of “find your friends”. It prompts for a gmail ID & password then pulls all your contacts. I almost got suckered by it into spamming everyone I know but hesitated when the password prompt came up.

FWIW LinkIn is only slightly less useless than Facebook.


39 posted on 08/04/2014 4:17:10 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Will steal your comments & post them on Twitter)
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To: Vinylly
It's not illegal to ignore/delete spam.
40 posted on 08/04/2014 5:56:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: JennysCool

They’re also using techniques to trick busy-body business people into clicking to upload their contacts for MORE datamining.

LinkedIn accomplishes nothing. Total waste of bandwidth. There’s a real opportunity for someone to drive them under before they sell to someone like Google or FB...


41 posted on 08/04/2014 6:17:51 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: JimRed

This appears to be like “my daily flog” which invites you to see pictures from a friend. Once you agree and go through the sign up they highjack your address book and send request in your name to folks in your address book pretending to be you.

Several of my friends have had this happen with Linkedin lately. The one that had responded to the invite from a “supposed” friend found that his address book was high jacked and he can’t get off of the “Linkedin” member list. i don’t know if he has checked to see if he actually was on the Linkedin official site or an imposter site.

I always send an email to the person that supposedly sent the invite and ask them if they actually sent it. I have never had anyone reply that they sent the invite.

Delete, spam it and never respond to these “invites”.


42 posted on 08/04/2014 6:56:57 PM PDT by usnavy_cop_retired (Retiree in the P.I. living as a legal immigrant)
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To: headstamp 2

I wonder how many got that... ;)


43 posted on 08/05/2014 2:49:29 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Lk 16:31 And he said unto him If they hear not Moses and the prophets neither will theybe persuaded)
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