2014 Pinterest Scam
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning 70 million Pinterest users of a Pinterest Scam using “Pinterest emails.”
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.
Here is how it works:
Scammers pose as Pinterest and send users an email implying a friend wants to share a pin. Usually, the pin has photos of celebrities or give aways. Users are asked to click on the image which leads to a different unrelated website.
“It looks like a legitimate opportunity to interact with a friend of yours,” said Smitherman. “The danger here is that it’s taking you off to other sites that are selling perhaps illegitimate products to a work at home schemes.”
It is a technique the CEO said may appear innocent but can do major damage.
“That’s why it’s so critical that you not click on these links that could down load malware on to your device where it can then search through your device and steal your personal information,” said Smitherman.
He said once your account is compromised, hackers can then send fraudulent messages to those connected to your account.
“Some of those folks might fall victim not realizing that your account had been scammed and can fall victim to whatever these folks are looking for,” said Smitherman.
The BBB suggest the best way to protect yourself is to change up your password, log out of your account, and don’t like all your social media networks together.** Source
Head on over to the BBB to read up on how to spot the scam and what you can do to protect your account.