LinkedIn Requests For "Expertise" Consultations

Has anyone else seen a sudden uptick in solicitations on LinkedIn for "expertise consultations"? Are these legit or a new (at least to me) form of elaborate data gathering scam (I.e.: get you on the phone for an interview with the purpose of getting a few additional bits of personal info that could be used to steal your identity").

Typically the request comes as a LinkedIn message. The tend to be well written, and claim to be looking for expertise to help an unnamed company learn more about the "visual monitoring" or surveillance industry. The writer requests a brief interview, which would be followed by a paid 1 hour interview with their client.

So my questions are:

- Is this ever legit?

- Is there a setting in LinkedIn that I can flip to stop getting these?

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