Note: The original source of this post was an email that I received on a Meetup email. The Administrator of the Meetup group normally screens emails sent to the group, for relevancy. Turns out there are a lot of spam messages sent to Meetup groups regarding FounderDating. The content is common, but the subject changes based on the group. The original post follows:
Beware of FounderDating it appears to be a viral mechanism to phish your contacts. You may receive an endorsement appearing to be from me. It is not an endorsement – not at this time any way. I’ll let you know if that changes.
A colleague of mine gave them an endorsement on a private network. So I figured I would take a look and applied. I didn’t think it was odd that it wanted me to apply through my LinkedIn profile. I rarely do allow strangers access to my contacts, but this was supposed to be a professional connection. So linkedIn made sense. I was applying to be a mentor…
What was odd was that a few hours after applying, I got an email saying that my application was incomplete. I was given a token to access the application. Before I was able to to get back to “finishing” the application, I received a “thanks but no thanks” rejection from FounderDating.
I should mention that I reached out to a friend who apparently was a member already. He didn’t mention anything was odd.
After I received the rejection, FounderDating proceed to contact the people I asked to vouch for me. Now I’m scrambling to stop them before they proceed.
I found another person whom’s experience in identical to mine.
Hopefully you will read this and avoid this potential scam.
Here’s the letter they are sending on my behalf:
I’m applying to join FounderDating (no, it’s NOT romantic) – a handpicked network of entrepreneurs – to meet other talented entrepreneurs. Can you do me a quick favor and vouch for (aka reference) me as an entrepreneur? Should take 2 minutes.
(To prove that you’re the real M*****, you will be asked to use LinkedIn.)
The network is invite-only and they won’t consider my application without vouches, so I appreciate your help; adding your vouch will help me connect with world-class entrepreneurs.