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Who are you – scammer or victim?

Posted by on September 22, 2015.

I believe that paranoia should be part of everybody’s security armoury. It is free. It scales up and down automatically in reaction to different circumstances. And while it should never be relied upon, and can be susceptible to more false positives than many other systems, I still recommend it.

Take this: false positive or paranoia success?

I was invited to connect on LinkedIn with Ella Moore, Financial Educator at Yahoo. First paranoia flag – what the hell is a Financial Educator? But hey, trust but verify (no, verify then trust) right?

I don’t know Ella so I checked her profile.


Second red flag – I don’t see anything that can explain what a Financial Educator is. But then, red flag overload…

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I am drowning in paranoid red flags. Now, I can see several reasonable explanations for this – the most likely being that there are (at least) triplets defying physics and occupying the same space and time simultaneously.

Sadly, there are other explanations. One is that there could be a genuine person and someone else is creating fake accounts through which to attack the real person. Or it could be an experiment by Yahoo to see how many people will connect to a fake account.

Or, of course, no, I don’t care if you’re gonna offer me the goodest good time ever – I’m not connecting.

But seriously, scammer or victim? If anyone knows what is really going on here, let me know…

One thought on “Who are you – scammer or victim?

  1. Same here…I’ve had quite a number of these request to connect, sent a message to ask why the wanted to connect. No response. Very odd.

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