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LinkedIn is one of the last places you might ever hang out looking for love. But it is one of the top three social media sites in the world, so it makes sense that the romance scammers would look there for potential victims.

Still, I was surprised when I recently got a romance scam connection on LinkedIn.

Here’s how I identified the scam and what to do if you find yourself in a similar position. 

How my LinkedIn romance scam began

My LinkedIn romance scam scenario started with a connection request from an unknown person. This is not unusual; I get dozens of requests a day. I weed out non-computer security professionals, with a few exceptions for accountants, auditors and risk managers (since I was once an accountant and I believe that all computer security is about risk management).

In this instance, the person sending me the connection request claimed she was a college student named Remi Collins at Ohio Dominican University, as this image from her LinkedIn profile shows:

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At this point, I wasn’t suspicious of the account at all. I had never heard of a romance scam on LinkedIn, and so I figured she is just one of the many college students that are interested in following me about computer security. But when I researched her profile, I couldn’t find any interest in computer topics, much less computer security, and so I (naively) think that maybe she accidentally joined my network. So, I asked her a question to make sure that she really intended to join my LinkedIn network:

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