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Scammers clone attorney’s LinkedIn profile to steal thousands

LinkedIn LogoA Seattle attorney, who just happens to work for Microsoft, had his LinkedIn profile and online identity cloned by scammers, who then solicited donations for a fake charity from his connections and the public.

The criminals used the cloned LinkedIn profile, his name and his credentials (with a different picture) to reassure people of credibility when they advertised fake jobs, in an advance-fee employment scam. One woman apparently lost $4,500 to the scammers.

It’s all too easy for this to happen to almost anyone, as LinkedIn does not verify new accounts. Nor do they warn existing members that a new account has been created with duplicate or very similar information. Or with an identical picture.

More on the story, including a video interview with the frustrated victim, at Seattle local station, King 5 news.

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