Be Careful of Pinterest Scams

If you love Pinterest like I do, make sure to be careful of the links that you click because survey phishing scams have found a way to penetrate Pinterest.

According to Trend Micro, con artists are pinning images and messages that offer supposed freebies from merchants like Starbucks and Coach.  If you click on those images, you will eventually end up on some kind of scam site.

Instead of getting a freebie, you will land on survey sites.  Once you are there, they will ask you for more sensitive information in exchange of your free gift.  So please be cautious of sharing your personal details.

Source: 6abc.com News




Comments

  1. Jennifer Hufstetler Maley says

    I am so tired of hackers, criminals, scam artists and more. Why can’t ppl just stop stealing? We struggle daily, but we don’t steal.

  2. Debbie R says

    I am so happy you brought this to my attention. Boy, it doesn’t take crooks long to figure out a new way steal from others. This world would be a better place if they put that energy into something positive.

    Thank you so much for the heads up.

    I am sharing this article

  3. Karen Lindenmier says

    I cancelled pinterest today because I keep getting hacked and I wasn’t before I signed up with them. I don’t know for sure that it is because of this but I am getting rid of alot.

  4. Jenny S says

    I clicked a link today and my virus software popped up and blocked an attack on my computer it ranked as high. I think i am only going to click on pins from my personal friends.

  5. Penny Kathleen says

    This is great info, thanks! Why do people have to do these things?! I do love Pinterest but will make sure not to click on any of those links!

  6. sandy weinstein says

    cant do anything these days w/out scams, coupons, shopping, just read today that the pictures you take w/ your cellphone, are not really yours, your cellphone co. has the right to use them anyway they want….so be careful w/ what you take

  7. Christy says

    Same thing happened to me. When I wasn’t looking, my pinterest got hacked. I didn’t click on any freebie ads and I didn’t take a survey of any kind, though. I don’t know how they did it. They had me posting about free Starbucks and diet pills. They also had me following a person named Irene Maria Lister, who seemed to have pinned the original diet pill post. I’m sure I’m not the only hacked person because as soon as it was pinned, there were over 6000 repins, over 8000 likes, and a bunch of fake comments. Every time I leave a comment about it being fake, it gets erased. I had to change my password twice in a few hours because they had hacked me twice. I removed my pin it button though, and that seems to help. If anyone gets hacked, I hear they usually go through your pinterest applications, so keep that in mind.

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