Month: June 2011
Linkedin.com, Gmail and fake profiles
Update : The Fake Linkedin profile was finally deleted on July 5, 2011 after filing a consumer complaint with Akosha.com .
As an online publisher, most of the advertising inventory on my websites is sold using advertising networks for the last 5 years and till recently I did not interact directly with any customer for selling advertising. My biggest websites are the work at home websites pcworkathome.in and pcworkathome.net .
Some of my friends persuaded me recently to create a Linkedin profile . Since I have been using the internet extensively for more than 10 years, I have a number of email ids, and as I tried to add a gmail id, I got the message that the id is associated with another Linkedin account. Since I had not authorised anyone to use the id, I logged into the account, checked the profile. I also requested deletion of the account in April 2011, but it is not deleted till date.
The fake profile had been created on August 21, 2006.
What could be the reason a fake profile was created in August 2006?
I had a Google Adsense account since November 2003, but it was only in August 2006 that I encashed the first check from Google Adsense which exceeded than Rs 150000. My bank records show that the Google Adsense cheque encashed in August 2006 was for Rs 176496.67 , in September 2006 for Rs 152120.05 , October 2006 for Rs 192161.65 and similar amounts subsequently. In November 2008, my websites suddenly did not comply with Google’s “webmaster guidelines” and my Adsense account was disabled.
One of the reasons could be to force me to sell my work at home websites. In 2006, the Google Adsense checks were processed at Google Ireland and whenever I make any changes in my website , some of the first visitors are from Ireland as per the web statistics . My websites cater primarily to Asian, US , Canadian visitors, so why are visitors from Ireland monitoring my website closely.
I have business account with Linkedin.com and raised a support request #110621-005718 more than a week ago requesting deletion of the fake profile, but no one from Linkedin.com has bothered to reply . I have nothing to hide and can provide any details required, but no one from Linkedin has contacted me till date. Why is Linkedin.com protecting the fake profile created by a gang of identity thieves ? Linkedin.com claims to have more than 10 million profiles in India (http://press.linkedin.com/834/linkedin-reaches-10-million-members-india), but how many of these are fake profiles created by scammers ?
All the above information is factually correct and can be supported by relevant proof.
Country Manager at LinkedIn India,
Location : Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner
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