LinkedIn is a business “Facebook” of sorts and is somewhat useful in communicating although it has become increasingly entertainment oriented. What I mean by that is people post things constantly and often they are silly, trivia or touchy-feely posts and not business in nature. People who are connected to people you are connected with can ask to connect with you.
Since it is nothing more than a push of a button and forgotten, I receive requests and make them to expand my business reach regularly. I recently received an invite to connect from a woman representing herself as part of the management team at a local contracting company. I saw she was also connected to several others in my network and thought nothing of accepting the invitation to join my network. Here’s where it gets weird… Sunday I get an email from her saying something like… “Thanks for accepting my invite, how are you doing today? I’m very sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I doubt if we’ve met before. I really would love to get to know you.” Red flags begin to fly, because that’s not the sort of thing that LinkedIn is about. I called one of the other guys I know on LinkedIn who I saw was connected to her as well. He explained to me that a friend of his had a similar experience that ended tragically.
What this may have been, and I suspect it was, is a ploy to suck men into an illicit Internet relationship. My friend explained that what began as his friend’s curious reply soon turned into sexual banter back and forth, pornographic images, and later threats to expose the unfaithfulness to his spouse. Others have gone as far as meeting someone only to be confronted with their sins. I had not heard of this before, maybe I’m sheltered, but I could see this deception becoming a pit for a man to fall into. Sounds a lot like Proverbs 5:3-5, For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil; but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
What was normal in the course of business can turn into a Trojan horse filled with untold pain for you and your families. Not that I doubt your faithfulness to your spouse, but your innocence could be exploited and twisted for evil purposes. I’m passing this on as a warning that if something on the Web feels off base, delete it and forget it. More than one good man (and woman) has been brought down by such things.
Think about it.
Guest writer – Jack Kehl