I am moderately active at LinkedIn though I admit to neglecting it quite often because of the number of outright morons that dwell in so many of the writing groups on the site and frankly, the lack of any real way to figure out who may need a writer and who’s just a TROLL. When you combine that with the number of idiots that are promoting bogus writing jobs, it’s enough to make you want to rip your hair out and that is being mild. But, there is a whole new breed of people running around there the last three to five weeks that I want to warn you to be careful of. These are message spammers and if you’re not careful, you’re going to wind up giving out your email address.
Now I have some basic rules I follow when I agree to “add” people to my network at LinkedIn because there are so many people who simply are “seeking” connections to make them look better. I’m not one of them. Before I’ll agree to add you as a connection I (a) need to know who you are because we’ve either worked at the same site or (b) I’ve actually taken the time to review your overview and had some interactions with you that were largely positive in one of the groups I belong to. However, there are some people I WILL NEVER add and that includes people from India that I have not previously worked with. And, then there are the clowns like the one I got an email from yesterday.
In effect, this person was asking me to hire him as a writer based on the fact that he claimed to have 4 years experience (but nothing in his portfolio) and in spite of the fact that his English was so fractured it made my eyes bleed. I figured I would get away with telling him I wasn’t hiring writers but this guy has freaking brass balls. He actually had the nerve to email me back and ask me to provide him with referrals: Not just any referrals mind you but people I either (a) had worked with in the past or (b) was currently working with that paid well. REALLY? I don’t know this guy from a tree stump and his profile talks about IT stuff, he can’t write a sensible English sentence and I’m going to risk my own livelihood by providing him my client contact information (yes, that’s me laughing out loud).
Then today I got one even better than that! This idiot has initials where his name belongs, he has a school listed as ABC School and he has nothing at all remaining in his profile. But wait, it gets better: He introduces himself in the email under one name and then signs it with a completely different name! Yep, he did.
So here’s the warning: When you are responding to any Emails like the ones from the idiots above make sure you check off that box on the field that allows you to NOT share your email address. I mean seriously do you want these people harassing you? I’ve elected to report them as Spammers but I have little hope that LinkedIn will do anything about it since it’s loaded with spam.