A tiktoker from Washington DC, United States, shared her experience of being scammed on the LinkedIn social network. Through her TikTok account, Callie Heim, identified as @callieheim, shared details of her case so that other people don’t go through the same thing.
“I have wanted to make a video about it for a long time… I have decided that I want to do it now to raise awareness and that this does not happen to anyone else”indicated the young woman, whose publication went viral with more than a million views.
According to what she said, it all started when the company that hired her asked her to download Wire, an instant messaging application. Although he acknowledges that this was a first warning sign, at the time he did not give it too much importance.
After that, he had two interviews that were given without major problem. Later, they asked him to get a phone, a printer and a computer.
“They gave me the job after a day of talking to them, which again is a red flag, but I didn’t realize it at the time,” he recalled. Also, the salary and benefits seemed to be perfect. “But of course, if it seems too good to be true, it’s too good to be true,” he added.
Later, the company told him that he had to buy new equipment and that, after a few days, he would get his money back. “I was so excited about this job that she was like, ‘hmmm, let me check it out,’” she noted.
Since everything had gotten so weird, Callie decided to tell her boyfriend, who worked at a cybersecurity company. Quickly, the young man realized that it was a scam.
How the scam works
The modus operandi of these subjects, as explained by the tiktoker, is that They pose as major companies and offer work through a messaging app.
Most of the time they tell the victim that they got a remote job, so they are asked to buy a computer or cell phone that is set up by the scammer. Prior to this, a refund of the money spent is promised when they start working.
The reality is that employment does not exist and that, by using the remote system, the criminal can access the victim’s bank account, keeping all their money.
“It’s not LinkedIn’s fault. Someone was posing as an HR person from a company that already had a job offer there, so they literally made their account look exactly the same and because of that it seemed very legit,” Callie detailed.
By then, the young woman had already published about her new job in profile. “She was definitely humiliating because she had already posted [el nuevo puesto] on LinkedIn and I was like ‘oh, this is my new job. All my former coworkers and everyone was like ‘Congratulations!’ It was very embarrassing,” he mentioned.
“Scammers are getting smarter, or we’re getting dumber, I don’t know”he added.
His story generated a large number of reactions, the vast majority being supportive of the young woman. “The job search process is stressful enough, and now we have to worry about scammers? I’m so sorry,” wrote one person.
“They can’t access your money just because they have your account information, but make sure you freeze their credit or sign up for Norton or other ID protection,” said another.
“I am very sorry that this happened to you. I know how stressful the application process is. I’m so glad your boyfriend helped you.” commented a third.