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Recognizing and Reporting Scams

Scams are a form of fraud, usually committed through email. Scammers create false identities or impersonate legitimate people or companies. Their goal is to steal your money or in some cases, your identity. A few common scams you should be aware of include:

Inheritance or advanced fee fraud scams

Job scams

Technical support scams

Dating and romance scams

There are also several possible warning signs of a typical scam message:

  • Offers that seem too good to be true.
  • Messages containing spelling or grammar mistakes.
  • Messages that aren’t addressed to you personally.
  • Messages asking you for personal or financial information.

In addition to these scams, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a great resource that lists different types of scams you could encounter.

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to your local law enforcement. If you’ve received a scam message on LinkedIn, please contact us.


You can flag inappropriate or fake profiles on LinkedIn (i.e. profiles that contain profanity, empty profiles with fake names, or profiles that are impersonating public figures).

To report a profile:

  1. Click the  More icon on the member’s profile.
  2. Click  Report/Block.
  3. Select Report this profile in the What do you want to do? pop-up window.
  4. Select the applicable reason for flagging the profile in the Tell us a little more pop-up window.
  5. Click Submit to proceed or Back to review your options

What People Can See on Your Profile

Generally, your profile is fully visible to all LinkedIn members who’ve signed in to or our apps. However:

  • Contact information such as email, phone number, or physical address is only visible to your 1st-degree connections and members whose InMail(s) you responded to (unless you declined their request to share your contact info). People you’ve emailed before and who’ve added you to their LinkedIn contacts can see your email address. Other information that could be used to contact you but is generally perceived as less private, such as your web page, blog URL or Twitter handle, may be visible to all members.
  • Unless you make your connections only visible to you, your 1st-degree connections can see who you’re connected to on LinkedIn. Also, all members who have connections in common with you can see those shared connections. Learn more about controlling who can see your connections.
  • You can limit the visibility of your posts and sharesprofile photolast name, and birthdate.
  • If any member searches by your first or last name, they can see your full profile unless you’ve blocked them. Learn more about blocking. Note that our predictive, type-ahead functionality allows for a name search to be performed with a few letters of a name, even if it includes typos.
  • The number and result of profile searches can be limited depending on the type of Premium account you have, the type of search involved (e.g. by name or keyword/category), and the commercial use limit on search.

We do not require members to include sensitive data (e.g., race, ethnicity, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal record) in their LinkedIn profile. If you choose to post any such data, understand that it is visible to others as noted above.

Note: A public version of your profile is called the public profile. It appears when anyone searches for you on Bing, Google, Duck Duck Go, etc. Subject to your off-LinkedIn visibility settings, it may also be displayed to users of email and calendar applications that show them a “mini” LinkedIn profile of the person they’re meeting or messaging, social media aggregators, talent and lead managers, and other permitted services. It can also be printed to PDF. You can change your public profile settings to limit the visibility of specific sections or turn-off your public profile.

Searching and Viewing Profiles from Sources Outside of LinkedIn

If you view a substantial number of LinkedIn profiles from sources outside of, including clicking through to profiles from emails, you may encounter a notice asking you to continue viewing profiles by searching on These external profile views do not count toward your commercial use limit for the month, but you’ll need to continue your search on in order to see additional LinkedIn profiles.

Last updated: July 25, 2016

Commercial Use Limit

If you reach the commercial use limit, your activity on LinkedIn indicates that you’re likely using LinkedIn for commercial use, like hiring or prospecting. This limit is calculated based on your search activity since the first of the calendar month.

Specific activities that contribute to the limit include:

  • Searching for LinkedIn profiles on and mobile.
  • Browsing LinkedIn profiles using the People Also Viewed section located on the right side of a profile.

These activities do not count toward the limit:

  • Searching profiles by name using the search box located at the top of every page on
  • Browsing your 1st-degree connections from the connections page.
  • Searching for jobs on the jobs page.

You’ll see a warning as you approach the limit. Your free monthly usage resets at midnight PST on the 1st of each calendar month. We are not able to display the exact number of searches or views you have left and we also cannot lift the limit upon request. Also note that the warning that you are approaching the limit may not display if you run through the full amount of searches or views too quickly.

You can always upgrade to one of LinkedIn’s Premium account plans to increase the number of profile searches and views you have available:

Note: Our Career and Premium Essentials plans still include the commercial use limit.

If you choose to cancel your Premium subscription, you will be given the basic limit of search and profile browsing. In addition, your limit will not be reset upon cancellation.

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Last updated: 1 month ago
Please note that I do not in anyway work for LinkedIn in any way or its subsidiaries. I only hope to offer those looking for guidance using the LitoolIn toll for marketing themselves, understanding how to protect themselves online, and job search techniques. All reference to LinkedIn on this blog belongs to LinkedIn® professional networking services.