Many of the Linked Strategies members have asked about identifying a fake profile and what they can do about it. Let me share a few obvious and not so obvious tactics used by fake profilers!

How to Identify a Fake LinkedIn Profile & What to Do About It
He might just be a robot in disguise.

The following are Red flags or Triggers for identifying fake LinkedIn Profiles:

1. Lower case first and last name

2. Stock photo

3. Minimally filled out profile with a large number of groups

4. Generic company name

5. Rhythmic names like Sam Smith, Joe Johnson, etc.

More complex fake profiles I’ve seen are pretty well filled out with real pictures, what seems to be real summaries, but they steal real peoples identities like the CIO of Bank of America that tried to connect with me. It was pretty bold, but obviously fake. I figured it out by cross referencing against the real person and I noticed many profiles requested connection with similar approaches. When I opened the profiles, I found all the websites linked to the same pages. Researching the owner of the pages, I realized the owners had no idea their SEO company was using this as a backlinking strategy without their knowledge!

Many lessons to learn form this, The main thing to know is once you are 100% certain you are looking at a fake profile is to Flag it for Spam just under the Public Profile URL on the bottom right.

LinkedIn will suspend the account after enough people flag the profile.

Please share this with your network and other groups so we can spread the word to other LinkedIn Members about this very challenging approach spammers continue to undertake.


Nate Kievman

Nate Kievman

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Nate Kievman

Nathan Kievman is a highly sought after Digital Strategist, bringing a no nonsense business approach to digital and social strategies. His company, Linked Strategies is a consulting firm that specializes in measurable LinkedIn Client & Talent Acquisition Campaigns, helping companies from around the world find the fastest path to their target market today through services, training and technologies. Having helped his clients generate more than $100 million in new deals through LinkedIn, his company specializes in using LinkedIn and Socially Verified Email strategies to deliver their clients a steady stream of highly targeted and pre-qualified appointments with top executives, CEOs, VPs, thought leaders and other key decision makers who are typically hard to reach. Serving more than 250 clients over the past several years, Linked Strategies has helped its clients generate thousands of inbound appointments with entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives from startups to large companies such as Sony, Adobe, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Apple, Ogilvy, SAP, Cicso, HP, LinkedIn, Verizon, Facebook, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and thousands of others. The bottom line… Linked Strategies provides you access to either a highly targeted few, or up to thousands of new prospects, high caliber talent, investor relationships or media opportunities in as little as 30 to 60 days, guaranteed. For a free assessment and Target Market Analysis to determine if working together would be a fit, contact us at