I get a number of LinkedIn requests from people I don't know, and who don't know anyone I know (i.e. they're not a 2nd degree connection). I have no idea who these people are, and the requests feel like spam (they never come with a personal greeting, or anything to suggest they're legitimate).

Is there a way to limit connection requests to 2nd degree connections so I stop getting this spam?

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You can control who can send you invitations.

From the Help Center:

Controlling Who Can Send You Invitations

You can select who can send you invitations from the Communications tab of the Privacy & Settings page. You'll receive a notification each time a LinkedIn member invites you to connect.

Select one of the following preferences:

  1. Anyone on LinkedIn (Recommended)
  2. Only people who know your email address or appear in your "Imported Contacts" list
  3. Only people who appear in your "Imported Contacts" list

Note: If you select one of the last two options above, go to the Add Connections page to make sure your Imported Contacts list is up to date.

Invitations that don't meet your preferences will appear in your blocked invitations list.

  • If you recognize any invitation as a spam, you can report that invitation as spam.
    – serenesat
    Feb 27, 2016 at 16:47
  • That prevents 2nd degree connections who don't know my email address (or I theirs) from being able to connect.
    – dimo414
    Feb 27, 2016 at 17:38
  • Yes, there is no other way.
    – serenesat
    Feb 27, 2016 at 20:14

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