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post #16 of 20
Hi,

I just wanted to share my recent "incident" via LinkedIn with you as I'm truly stunned by my "People You May Know" mail and was kind of hoping someone could tell me I'm not going mad.

I've not really used LinkedIn much and my Profile is both minimal and way out of date. Only my University and previous employer are on there, there's no photo either.

I got a "PYMK" email, odd, as in all the time I've used LinkedIn (3 years) I've never had one.

So the only person on this list is my Ex Partner, we haven't spoken in 8 years so I'm fairly sure there is no email address link here at work. No shared work colleagues (we worked in totally different industries) and we never shared offices.

I just wondered if any of you have any idea how this creepy incident could have occurred?

Cheers for any info

a very freaked out T1b
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by T1berious View Post
Hi, I just wanted to share my recent "incident" via LinkedIn with you as I'm truly stunned by my "People You May Know" mail and was kind of hoping someone could tell me I'm not going mad. I've not really used LinkedIn much and my Profile is both minimal and way out of date. Only my University and previous employer are on there, there's no photo either. I got a "PYMK" email, odd, as in all the time I've used LinkedIn (3 years) I've never had one. So the only person on this list is my Ex Partner, we haven't spoken in 8 years so I'm fairly sure there is no email address link here at work. No shared work colleagues (we worked in totally different industries) and we never shared offices. I just wondered if any of you have any idea how this creepy incident could have occurred? Cheers for any info a very freaked out T1b
LinkedIn will use your email address contacts to search for potential connections. This may also include your Google or web history if you use Gmail and/or Google Chrome. Maybe I'll send an email and ask for details.
post #18 of 20

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post #19 of 20

I don't know how they do it, but it really does freak me out.

 

Case in point, in freshman year I rented a room in a house with a guy who I never really got to know very good.  We never shared email addresses, maybe a few phone calls (about 5 number changes ago), but any interaction was done face to face in the house.  That's 6 years ago.  A few months back, he showed up in my PYMK list!  Initially I thought okay, they must have linked him to my email address, which is a bit of a privacy issue right off the bat  But no!  I soon remembered that my linkedin email didn't get set up until my senior year when I started job hunting.  The only logical trail I can think of would be for me to have sent an email from my old hotmail address (the one I used at that time) to my university address (which I never used for anything at all), and then I'd have sent one from that address to my new and current LI address.  There's literally no possible connection otherwise - we didn't even attend the same school, zero of the same contacts, and last I've seen/heard from him was literally the day I moved out at end of freshman year.

post #20 of 20

He might have searched for you on LinkedIn.

 

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Originally Posted by woodywoodford View Post

I don't know how they do it, but it really does freak me out.

 

Case in point, in freshman year I rented a room in a house with a guy who I never really got to know very good.  We never shared email addresses, maybe a few phone calls (about 5 number changes ago), but any interaction was done face to face in the house.  That's 6 years ago.  A few months back, he showed up in my PYMK list!  Initially I thought okay, they must have linked him to my email address, which is a bit of a privacy issue right off the bat  But no!  I soon remembered that my linkedin email didn't get set up until my senior year when I started job hunting.  The only logical trail I can think of would be for me to have sent an email from my old hotmail address (the one I used at that time) to my university address (which I never used for anything at all), and then I'd have sent one from that address to my new and current LI address.  There's literally no possible connection otherwise - we didn't even attend the same school, zero of the same contacts, and last I've seen/heard from him was literally the day I moved out at end of freshman year.

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