*Warning – Some explicit language used*

Recently my company, RBA Marketing & Media celebrated its 7 year anniversary. A few weeks ago I began receiving Linked In notes from colleagues and friends who wished me well and congratulated me on 7 yrs in business.  I have been a member of LinkedIn for quite some time, I  find LinkedIn to be much more palatable than other Social Media platforms. It seems to be much less political, BRAVO LinkedIn.

Over the past several months I have noticed a marked increase in friend requests on LinkedIn. As a digital marketer, I am acutely aware that increases in friend requests denote movement in social cultures. Meaning that people will shift to new social media outlets for many reasons, I.e. to try something new, exploration, or to escape a hostile environment. As I alluded to earlier on the political climate has become so visceral on other platforms that people are seeking ways to stay connected, but are moving from platform to platform digitally much like refugees fleeing a war-torn environment.

As groups, or cultures move to flee hostile environments there will always be wolves who travel disguised among the sheep. Before you get crazy and call me racist, xenophobe, Sheep hater, in this scenario, Sheep = Nice decent people.  Wolves = Shit bag hackers and spammers.

I am well documented for my I hatred hackers and spammer, they are villains, liars, and thieves of the lowest order.  The digital destruction that they can cause is at times, apocalyptic in its very nature. Companies and their employees from the CEOs all the way down to Janitors and out through the supply chain of dozens if not hundreds of people can be negatively impacted by one of the brilliantly misguided souls.

My company cut its teeth in Web Development and Social Media, I would like to share a simple little trick I have developed over time.

How to spot and expose possible hackers – Help Shine a little light on these Cyber Cockroaches!

Over the years I have spotted several digital posers, wolves in sheep’s clothing in social circles. At first, they were easy to spot much like in the Terminator movies, the terminator machines were plastic and rubber and stood out and did not blend well. Early hackers style of writing was as broken as their English and fairly easy to spot.   All things in nature evolve, and so has the hacker spammer. They have looked at their failures and improved on them. They know that they have inadvertently exposed themselves through their lack of English language in a conversation. Hackers and Spammers have become very sophisticated and are evolving. Spotting them takes considerable effort.

Remember we are communicating on the internet, Social Media, Blogs, these are environments which strip us of the majority of our senses.  You now must look for character flaws in digital conversations. As conversations develop you must be alert for little slips. Remember if you know the person you possess personal knowledge about them that is crucial.

Below is my most recent conversation with a Poser, Hacker, Spammer, Villian, Digital Cockroach

 

Hacked CJ Personality– Congrats on your work anniversary!!
ME-Thanks C.J. How are you and Jack doing

Hacked CJ Personality– Awesome, we are both doing wonderful. Have you heard about the Compensation Program and have you been contacted by Shari yet??
ME- No

Hacked CJ Personality– It’s being advertised on T.V, LinkedIn and Magazines and they are giving out prizes to selected lucky winners here on LinkedIn, weekly and monthly.Shari is the Workers/Retired Compensation Board online claim agent.i thought you heard and have been contacted because i saw your name too on the winners list when they brought my prize to me. Are you aware of it??
ME –Nope Have not heard of it

Hacked CJ Personality–  It’s a new compensation program by the U.S government to assist old, young, working, deaf, hearing and retired who need help in paying for medical bills, buying a home, going to school, Salesman starting their own business. I thought you heard and have been contacted because i saw your name too on the beneficiaries list when they brought my prize to me.Did you get yours ? I got $1Million from them and i also saw your name too when they delivered my money to me.

Here is where you expose the possible hacker
ME-nope CJ you will think Im crazy .. How did we meet

Hacked CJ Personality- It’s a new compensation program by the government to assist old, young, working, deaf, hearing and retired who need help in paying for medical bills, buying a home, going to school, Salesman starting their own business. Oh i thought you heard and have been contacted because i saw your name too on the beneficiaries list when they brought my prize to me. I got $1Million from them and i also saw your name too when they delivered my money to me. Did you get yours??
ME-Hey spammer take a hike I just called CJ your busted

Hacked CJ Personality– Fuck your ass.

I guess I won’t be on his Christmas card list this year LOL

When conversations online take a weird turn and don’t sound like the person I know, I use one question You may think I’m crazy .. How did we meet” If we know each other we will have a conversation about our point of intersection in life. If not, you have just found your first hacker/ spammer.

NEXT STEP – ALERT your friend, in this case, they need to contact LinkedIn and report that they have been hacked.  The only way to hurt this cybercriminal is to remove them from the territory that they have captured. If you leave them to operate, on an account they will seize more accounts and compromise more people… Maybe even you.

Click the link Below for Steps how to resolve LinkedIn possible hack

https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/56363/reporting-a-hacked-account?lang=en