Inevitably you will be at some stage. There are over 347 million profiles on LinkedIn and with 2 new people joining every second, there are going to be individuals who are breaking the rules.
I know it will be annoying to you, maybe a severe nuisance and some of you will get disheartened and feel that LinkedIn should be doing more.
I know exactly how you feel, I have been there too, but now I just take my own appropriate action, which I have learnt isn’t that clear to inexperienced users on LinkedIn.
Usually these spammers use invitations to get themselves in front of you. In fairness I haven’t had many, maybe a total of 20 in the 11 years that I have been on LinkedIn.
When you receive an offending email, like the one shown below. A real-live example, which one of my connections received.
Here are a few steps in order to deal with these spammers: (Below are images to show you what it looks like)
- Go to their profile and you will find a drop down arrow visible on the blue button that says ‘send jamie an InMail’.
- Select ‘Block or report’.
- A new window will open where you can select ‘block’ and ‘report’.
- Add some detail to give LinkedIn some of your reasons why you are reporting this individual and click continue.
- A warning message will be displayed to confirm that you wish to report and block this person. Confirm this step and the deed is done.
You can also do this at any time for any of your connections that may cause you any unnecessary stress for whatever reason.
Sometimes, and I have experienced this, the spammer may create another profile and send another invite. If this abusive behaviour does continue, I would advice that you contact LinkedIn support directly. Make sure that you copy the LinkedIn url of that member, as they need this to locate the individual concerned.
I sincerely hope you don’t get many of these.
Image Credit: @gapingvoid