A 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.