Just like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram before it, Pinterest is becoming a new outlet for scammers. Watch out for con artists who access users' accounts and pin spammy products.
The scam works like this. You get an email from Pinterest. It says a friend has shared a "pin" (the term Pinterest uses for a digital scrapbook image) with you. The email and link seem legitimate, so you click on it. The image is different from what your friend typically pins, but it looks real.
Common scam pins include celebrity and beauty photos, giveaway offers, before and after diet pics and even infographics. The images always have tantalizing captions that urge you to click.
But when you click on the image, you aren't taken to an article or the real business's website. Instead, you find yourself at a site selling counterfeit products, featuring a bogus news story or promoting work from home opportunities, among others.
Scammers use many techniques to gain access to your account. They may take advantage of security holes in third party applications that connect to Pinterest (such as those that automatically post your pins on Twitter) or insert malicious code into the "Pin This" buttons on other websites.
How to Keep Your Pinterest Account Secure:
Use these same tips for any other social media site because that “unbelievable” link that your friend just posted may be an imposter phishing for more victims.
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Kelvin Collins is president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia & the CSRA, Inc. serving 41 counties in Central Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). This tips column is provided through the local BBB and the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Questions or complaints about a specific company or charity should be referred directly to the BBB at Phone: 1-800-763-4222, Web site: www.bbb.org or E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org