HAVE WE MET?…
I think the little things in life always make a big difference, so if someone has made the effort to contact me, even if I really have no idea who they are and why they approached me, the least I can do is reply… So rather than accept their invitation straight away I always ask the very simple question (using “Reply – don’t accept yet”):
Have we met?
I hope everyone will recognise that LinkedIn account names with a combination of a) first name and last name are all in lower case letters, b) the number of connections is very low, c) the professional/academic history non-existent, and d) the companies belonged to don’t really match the profile (these are just some examples, but you get the gist) can be questionable... On occasions, it may be someone new to LinkedIn, a student seeking advice or a number of other legitimate situations which can be verified by having a conversation before connecting.
Generally, I find that by asking the simple question above, the interaction ends. But sometimes, albeit rarely, it looks very different…
And so it came that this week, I received a few invites with the recognisable characteristics I mentioned. All these interactions ended after I asked my simple question which made me think, hmmm, with such a rapid succession of similar requests, perhaps someone is trying something out there…
And then, two days ago, I received this:
Looking at Mike’s profile, I drew a blank:
Upon which I got the pithy answer below:
Not deterred, I wanted to know more…
And I got:
So, on my sleuthing mission, I dial the number from a specially purchased phone, hiding my number (well, you never know!), to be told in French (which is the official language of Togo) by a nice lady that the number I requested is not in service… I then dump the phone (yeah, I know, I’m running with it….). I’m having fun, so I reply:
You’d think that would be the end of it, but oh no… And so below is for your delectation:
Now, I'm sure you will agree that I have given him plenty of chances to leave me alone... Did he even look at my profile to see what I do for a living?...So in my small way, I spread the word in this blog, and finished this episode on Linkedin with:
And reported it to Action Fraud
So if you received a connection invite from mike, aka Mike Abu, solicitor at law, barrister and personal attorney (or any similarly endowed individual), be kind to yourself and delete it... If you inadvertently accepted the invitation, go to "Network" then "Contacts", find the connection and then click on "More" and "Remove Connection"...
Stay safe (and if you think I can help, just give me a shout...).
Until next time,