Jacksonville, FL – March 5, 2014 – As seen previously with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, consumers are now being scammed on Pinterest. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers to watch out for con artists who pin spammy products and hack into users’ accounts.
Here’s how the scam works: You get an email from Pinterest, saying that a friend has shared a “pin” (the term Pinterest uses for digital scrapbook image). You open the email and click on the pin, since it seems legitimate. But when you click on the image, you aren’t taken to an online article or real business website. Instead, you are taken to a site selling counterfeit products, promoting fraud work from home jobs or telling bogus news stories.
“Pinterest is an easy outlet for scammers to access, just like any social media website,”says Tom Stephens, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Northeast Florida & the Southeast Atlantic. “Consumers need to always keep an eye on their Pinterest accounts by reporting suspicious activity online and checking pins before posting.”
Scammers use many techniques to access your Pinterest account. They take advantage of security holes in third party applications that connect to Pinterest (such as those that automatically post to your Twitter) or insert malicious code onto“Pin This” buttons on fraud websites.
Here are ways to keep your Pinterest account secure:
For more advice on scams, visit bbb.org
As a private,non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.