My Linkedin account was just hacked. Hackers were able to change my email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I couldn't change my password to gain my account back. I was locked out of my own account.
The email looks legit and I had so many inquiries, I felt I would be doing people a service to inform them of a few simple steps to stop from getting hacked.
If you received an email from my Linkedin account, asking to send personal information to email@example.com claiming I had some great shopping experience with Microsoft, don't reply.
I offer recruiting services. I'm not recruiting mystery shoppers for Microsoft.
Lessons learned from getting hacked to save you time and get your own situation resolved.
1st. File this Linkedin number away as well as this email. 855-653-5653, click option 1. firstname.lastname@example.org. They may respond faster to your case than to their online form. If you've ever tried getting ahold of Linkedin via phone, it is near to impossible.
2nd. I've incorporated two-step verification found under your account privacy and settings. If you don't have two-step verification on your account or other accounts such as your Gmail, do it now.
3rd. Add a second email to your Linkedin account so you can login with that email in case you get hacked.
4th. Request a data archive of your Linkedin account found under privacy and settings. In case your account gets hacked or deleted, this measure will help restore your profile.
5th. Download all your contacts, so you have them, in case you lose your account. Linkedin help can walk you through how easy this is.
6th. Change your password every few months.
Hopefully no one got scammed with this situation. Learn from my time wasting experience. Once Linkedin was able to verify my identity, they resolved it quickly but truly this was a hassle.
Have a great weekend and keep you day job. No mystery shopping here.
Paul May is the President of Paul May & Associates, Inc. Visit their website at paulmayassociates.com.