Fake LinkedIn profiles claiming to be Aviva employees

We have had multiple reports of suspicious connection requests from LinkedIn profiles, falsely claiming to be Aviva employees.

Criminals use platforms like LinkedIn to gain extra information on what you do. They then could use this information to craft a more convincing phishing email, or other tailored social engineering attacks.

We need your help to stop these profiles from adding more people. You can do this by:

  • Taking your time to assess any new connection requests- do you know them in real life? Accepting new connections without checking the profile first can lend legitimacy to fake accounts as other colleagues who receive a request will see that you are also connected.
  • Report the profile to LinkedIn.

How to spot a fake profile:

  • Positioned as Aviva employees – often senior i.e. directors or managers
  • Showing very little activity or detail on their profiles
  • Using stock images obtained through generic stock image searches
  • Living or going to university in other countries to Aviva’s locations. ​​​​​​​

What to do if you receive a request:

  • Are you able to verify them? Do you know them in real life?
  • Check their profile. Is it what you would expect? Is the profile very new or perhaps inactive? Are the images used consistent? Does something feel off?
  • If you’ve accepted a fake profile: report the profile to LinkedIn and remove the connection.

What to look out for in the future:

  • New connection requests using similar tactics

Phishing, phone calls (vishing) or texts (smishing) attempts using details found on LinkedIn.​​​​​​​

The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as specific professional or expert advice. Aviva Canada accepts no responsibility for action taken as a result of reliance on any information contained in this article.