A video of a woman sharing her alleged LinkedIn scam experience recently went viral on TikTok.
In her video, user AyJay (@ayjaydajuicemane) claims she booked an interview with a company after applying through a LinkedIn job ad — but there was no interview.
After receiving an email to set up an interview via Calendly, the TikToker says there was one thing that wasn’t right.
“It kind of had a step 1 and 2. And step 1 was I had to download some noise canceling software,” claims AyJay.
Before downloading the software, she examined the software to determine if it was legitimate. The TikToker noted in the comments that the software is called Krisp. However, she had no problems there.
“It was okay,” she adds. “I downloaded it. It was noise cancelling.”
But when interview time came, AyJay says there was no way to dial into a call and her emails to the alleged company wouldn’t go through. After preparing for the interview, she claims it was a scam.
“And I’m looking for a link to dial in and nothing. I send an email, failed. Are you telling me you faked the whole thing so I could download some noise canceling software for free? She says. “Now I’m angry. This is the second interview this week that doesn’t exist.”
@ayjaydajuicemane That would never happen to @Maddiemacho #turnerintoawife #linkedinscams ♬ Original sound – AyJay
Her video has received over 51,000 views as of Friday.
According to a recent LinkedIn blog post, the company uses automated defenses such as artificial intelligence to stop fraudulent content before it is published on the site. A transparency report covering activity from July 2021 to December 2021 claims these preventative measures catch 96% of fake accounts and 99.1% of spam messages and scams.
Though AyJay doesn’t mention the company in the video, she claims in the comments that the company was “allegedly” Comtech Telecommunications.
Many viewers expressed their support for AyJay, some even shared the same experience as her.
“Several “recruiters” on LinkedIn have asked me to send a CV, as soon as I do that the interview ends there. I don’t know if this is some kind of scam,” one person wrote.
“I got scams too. ‘Interviews’ that are MLM sales pitches…moving forward in a process that isn’t real…job hunting is the ghetto,” another person commented.
“I got an email for an interview for a local insurance agent. In short, it was a seminar she sold for $250. Wasted my time,” said a third.
“This has happened to me, except instead of downloading software, they wanted me to fill out a form with my social security number BEFORE I schedule an interview,” said a fourth.
The Daily Dot contacted AyJay via a TikTok comment, Krisp via his website contact form, and LinkedIn via email.
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*Initial publication: July 1, 2022 at 2:22 p.m. CDT
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