LinkedIn account restriction? Solved!

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Over the years LinkedIn has become a must-have social network for everyone aspiring to develop their career or look for job opportunities and alternatives. If you manage your profile properly, LinkedIn becomes a one of a kind online resume. Recruiters scan through the network daily and every once in a while, an interview invitation lands in your inbox, without the trouble of emailing your CV multiple times and without the stress of waiting for the answer. But what if one morning you wake up, and it’s all gone?

LinkedIn might be perceived as a large market for job seekers and seekers of job seekers. We consider that to be a good thing. By putting an accent on professional interests first, as well as news relating to the economy, personal development and technological progress, LinkedIn has freed itself from reality TV discussions, Instagram photo trends and over personalization of posts seen on Facebook.

But, if you want to take advantage of all the benefits LinkedIn has to offer, you should build your network carefully, or to put in simple words: on LinkedIn it’s all about who you know. 

Why does LinkedIn restrict accounts?

illustration of linkedin account lockdown

When we sing up for a profile in any social network out there, we rarely read the fine print. Then, when an unwanted event (like a restriction of our account) happens, we bash our heads against the wall. If LinkedIn discovers you’ve been acting strange, they’ll put you on lockdown in a blink of an eye.

Here are the top reasons why accounts get restricted (find the full explanation on LinkedIn help pages):

  1. An unusually large number of page views from the account.
  2. The name used in the account profile is in violation of our User Agreement.
  3. Inappropriate or illegal activity detected on the account.
  4. A history of repetitive abusive behavior on the account.
  5. The account may have been hacked or compromised.

You’ve been restricted: what to do next

This actually happened to a few us at RCMT IT Europe and it’s a sad story but a true one. To verify your account LinkedIn asks you to upload a scan of your personal ID card, or a passport. You can not get around this step, if you want your account back. It’s not pleasant to give out such information, but LinkedIn assures us that’s it’s safe. And if you’re under restriction, opening a new profile won’t help. Even if you sign in with a different email, as soon you start adding connections, or enlist the company you’re working for, LinkedIn will shut you down. Again. So, we’re back to uploading scans of personal documents. 

The problem here is that for an unknown reason, our documents turned out to be unreadable both ID cards and passports and both scans and photos.

How we lifted the restriction

illustration of lifted linkedin restriction

A logical thing would be that we’ve gotten in touch with Linkedin support. And that’s exactly what we did, after two months.

Why it took so long? Because a link to LinkedIn support was nowhere to be found. From the page where they tell you you’re banned from LinkedIn, there’s not a way that you can contact the support. 

So, one of us got really determined, poked around in Help pages, googled like crazy and eventually found it on Quora! 

LinkedIn support is contacted by a contact form. Once (finally) there explain your case, be honest and tell them if you created new accounts. 

Someone from the support team will contact you shortly, hopefully, to let you know that the restriction has been lifted.

They might also ask you to shut down the new account, so do that the first chance you get.

We hope this solved your problem and wish you happy linking. 

For more helpful content and a piece of our everyday company life visit our LinkedIn page.

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74 Comments

  1. Hello,

    I am writing you because LinkedIn restricted forever my main account with 20 000 connections. I wanted to re create a new one they restricted again. So I sent a message and look the reply I got:
    Hello,

    Due to the number of violations and / or their severity of your accounts, any account you create on LinkedIn will be subject to restrictions.

    Regards,
    Adele
    Security Operations Specialist at LinkedIn”,

    So I replied them
    “so it means Am I banned forever on LinkedIn ”

    Here their replies : ”
    Hello,

    We can not comment on the measures that will be taken in the future. However, as mentioned in my previous email, because of the number of violations and / or their severity of your accounts, any account you create on LinkedIn will be subject to restrictions.

    This is the final communication on this subject.

    Regards,
    Adele
    Security Operations Specialist at LinkedIn”

    Do you have any ideas on what to do ?
    It’s just crazy…

    Any help from your side would be very appreciated.

    Thank you very much

    Julien

    1. Hi Imran,
      Unfortunately, that is an action only Linkedin support can provide. Maybe if you write to them and explain your situation, they will lift your restriction.

    1. You’re very welcome! It was quite a quest for us, too, that’s why we decided to share our finding and help people with similar problems.

  2. I writing cause I need to know why my account for the 3rd time is restricted. For the 3rd time I tried using LinkedIn and within the span of two days, they’d be restricted. What is wrong exactly please.

    1. Hello,
      We advise you to write to the LinkedIn support, they are the only ones that can help you with the reason for the restriction. Read through the terms and conditions, also, maybe the answer can be found there.

    1. Hi Irma,
      We are sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, we can not help you with the hacking event itself, but you may be able to write to the support using the link we provided in the article and explain your situation.
      All the best,
      RCMT IT Europe

  3. Guys!

    YOU ARE FUCKEN’ SAINTS WITH THIS ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My brothers from another mothers!! ( and sisters, of course!! )

    It is impossible to contact these!

    ( I was putting up NSFvideos of work accidents and to rough material that showcase certain IQ levels at certain nations! )

    Just sent them an apology letter with promises and whatnot!
    I TRULY HOPE that the person who reads it is not some SJW brainwashed, inflated ego-headed idiot!

    Regardless, you GUYS ARE SAINTS, and My HEROES!!!!

    You fellas truly deserve some white chocolate biscuits..!

    THANKS for this article!

    Gabe

    Osu!!

  4. Hello

    My user name is Jabu Banda I’m not frequently using LinkedIn but once in a while I connect to see if the is any useful information. To my surprise I am restricted, on what grounds I’m puzzled atleast LinkedIn could’ve sent a warning message if I violated TCS. Please assist I need to login

  5. Hello , my premium linked in account has restricted 2 days ago, I just found new job and added it to my experience.

    1. Hello Slobodan,
      Use the link provided in the article to contact the support. Present your situation in detail.
      Since you’re a premium user, we believe you won’t be ignored. 😉

      Good luck and congrats on the new job!

    2. hello,my linked in account has restricted,please help me becouz im new member here and im also a jobseeker.thank you.

  6. Sir most respectfully I beg to say that my account is restricted. I don’t know why. Please help me.i can’t connect my friends.

    1. Please my account was restricted and I can’t have access to my friends and I also have some useful information there that I can’t risk loosing. Please do me a favor and unban my account thank you

  7. my account has restricted could you please open- i have submit the identification proof as well.

    i got linkedin recruiter license – i need to use it urgently for my profession

  8. This is exactly what has happened to me. I am an HR executive, acting as a independent recruiter and also looking for a new job. This it is natural that I have to screen through profiles, send invitations and so.

    It was simply blocked, no comments, no warnings. The only comment I got 3 months ago was that I had too many not accepted invitation, witch I immediately retrieved.

    I am from Brazil, and hopefully they can reactivate my account soon.

  9. Its been like three weeks since my account was restricted. I could submit my identification as proof. Please open it.

  10. Hi Natasha,
    Greetings from India. This is very informative and helpful article. I was struggling a lot to get the Linkedin support link particularly for account restriction issue. I have written my issue to Linkedin today and awaiting for the resolution. Hoping to get this resolved soon.
    Thanks for this information.

  11. I’m just restricted from using LinkedIn without giving me any notification. I really don’t think it’s idle. Even if I’ve violate the regulations, there should be warning before restriction.
    Please do the needful on urgency.
    Thanks

  12. I am writing you because LinkedIn restricted my main account with many connections. I wanted to re create a new one they restricted again.
    Please help me i want my account back.
    Thank you
    Emeka.

  13. Thank you guys so much for this post. I have been trying to contact LinkedIn for some days now. My account was also restricted

    1. You are very welcome!
      Since we published this, we get a lot of requests from people who encountered the same problem to unrestrict their accounts. Unfortunately, only LinkedIn can do that.

      Come by anytime, we try to always publish useful stuff in different areas of our business. 🙂

  14. Please I’m begging I need my LinkedIn account unrestricted. I only had issues with forgetting my password and I entered. Please help me

  15. Hi,
    I’m not logged to my LinkedIn account for a while. Somehow the account was restricted.
    Kindly do the needful to reactivate the said account

  16. My account is restricted will you please reopen for me. I also link it with my facebook account but recently i changed my facebook name to Adebosipo Enitan Oluwatobiloba but on linkedin my name is Henitan Sosina-Scott.

  17. My account had hacked by hacker. Please help me to open again. I also check my password but later on my account was temporarily restricted.

  18. Am not logging in my LinkedIn account for a while now. Some how my account is restricted from for logging in. Pls kindly do the needful to resactivate the Said account pls.

  19. Hi there,
    Iam not a frequent user of LinkedIn, but for connections I do log in sometimes,but suddenly today when I tried logging in iam unable to log in as it’s showing restricted,but y I don’t know if I violated any rule,pls help me retrieve my account back..
    Thanks and regards..

  20. Please my account has been restricted for like 5 times..unknowingly I keep on opening a new one with new email thinking it will work.. I just uploaded my working experience and that was how it was shut down without my notice.. Please I need help. I need my account back

  21. Hi, I’m Sneha, My LinkedIn account has been restricted. Even though after uploading the Identity Card, My LinkedIn account is not recovered. Please help me out from this issue.

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