Fallen Prey to the Pitfalls of a Scammer's World on LinkedIn

Today is a saddened day for professionalism and accountability in a job market already tough enough without the scams and those who fail to combat such foolery. My career goals and educational track has always met a determined perception of professionalism in a workforce sometimes lacking in the processes to ensure job seekers can safely apply for opportunities. I feel very foolish to ambitiously have found the job posting for a Graphic Design position at the @CincinnatiZoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. A point of contact as introduced as Amy LaBarbara; Marketing Manager factiously reached out through an email like a social norm in today’s Covid-19 atmosphere. I learned later Amy was not really who I thought Amy would be in a truer reality. The Amy LaBarbara was a victim of the same circumstances evolving from fake job posting and her identity being stolen as a result of very cleaver thieves.


I felt incredibly lucky to be in contact with an organization that I follow and respect so adoringly. A world of awakening came per the requests for meeting some strange demands to provide me with equipment, but I doubted anything as odd as being a professional seeking employment in a pandemic forcing distance so thoroughly. I complied without a second thought for proving my adornment to this idea that I had just signed a contract to work at the one place meeting my most respected level of achievement to date. Proving a person who loves animals and their care, I hit the jackpot in responsibilities as a constant creative pro in an industry I love.


To follow those provided directions specific to any person who I looked up on LinkedIn as creditable influencer and in an industry that I have existed in for nearly two decades now appeared okay. I guessed that in a pandemic any such environment where scams are known and causing great risk, I would surely not be unaccommodated by an organization like the @CincinnatiZoo. Truth be told a simple apology left me $4926.57 dollars broke and subject to the allowance thereof such a scam deemed uncontrollably at the mercy of the platform which postings enable such irresponsibility.

Today, I will remove the title that so proudly represented as my advancement into a professional role acquired on @LinkedIn. Knowing what extent thieves will go and the lessor extent an organization will go to prevent such risks, our futures are in a jeopardized state of caution. We can only hope being a job seeker with earnest intentions will enable further communications by organizations and seekers alike. I should have done more than simply read over the qualifications posted on these representative’s LinkedIn pages. Doing more is the only way professionals seeking employment can avoid falling prey to thieves in a job market riddled with non-accountable mediums like that of LinkedIn and the those further actions oof the Cincinnati Zoo.


LinkedIn has to do a better job at eliminating these risk factors on the job boards, but I think this lesson leaves us all guilty of not doing enough to safeguard our futures as reputable citizens just trying to make a living. I may always love the @CincinnatiZoo as a person who cherishes the lives of its animals, but I do not necessarily respect the fact that these people who were aware of such risk did not do more to prevent my financial losses and to help me avoid the painful emotions that my family and I absorbed.


~ R. Everett Maynard


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