How the Scam Works:
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 (see example spam pin at left). 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 t 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:
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Check out Pinterest's tips for keeping your account secure.
To find out more about scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper.
This Scam Alert has been sponsored by Western Union.