If you’re a financial advisor with a LinkedIn profile, chances are you recently received an alert that your LinkedIn account has been restricted. LinkedIn has been working hard to secure their system from hackers, political accounts, and fake accounts. Almost all of the advisors I know have had their Linkedin account restricted over the last week.
Why Has Your Account Been Restricted?
LinkedIn is vague about their selection process for restricting accounts. The alert below explains “behavior that appears to violate terms of service,” but I’ve confirmed that the advisors we work with have not violated the terms of service. I’ve also seen multiple accounts with no recent activity that have been restricted. The vast majority of restrictions are not due to violation of terms of service.
How to Unlock Your Account
The process to unlock your account should take you less than five minutes or so. You’ll need to photograph the front and back of your driver’s license and upload it to LinkedIn. When you attempt to log into your account, LinkedIn will give you a prompt to verify your identity. Select your country, upload your images, then submit. Your account will be reviewed in 2-5 business days. Want help now? You can submit a help ticket using this form to get in touch and request help sooner.
What Happens Next?
Once you’ve submitted your ID to verify your identity, LinkedIn will unlock your account within a few days. You will be automatically logged out of your account on all devices and will need to reset your password. Once you’ve gone through this process, your account will be verified and secure in the future, so you should not need to repeat the process any time soon. You’ll receive an email when your account has been unlocked.
How to Learn More
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Claire Akin runs Indigo Marketing Agency, a marketing firm serving top independent financial advisors. Claire is a former Investment Advisor Representative who holds her MBA in Marketing from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego as well as a BA in Economics from UC Davis. It’s her goal to help specialist advisors target their ideal prospects with content marketing.