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Contact Kim: Pinterest scam

Scammers are targeting Pinterest in a similar manner to other social media websites. (Source: MGN Online) Scammers are targeting Pinterest in a similar manner to other social media websites. (Source: MGN Online)
Here's a few 'pins' of interest on what happens if you find a suspicious Pinterest post. Here's a few 'pins' of interest on what happens if you find a suspicious Pinterest post.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Much like Facebook and Instagram, many internet users now find themselves the target of scams on Pinterest.

Here's how one common scam works: You get an email from Pinterest saying a friend has shared a pin. That's the term Pinterest uses for its digital scrapbook images. You open the email because it looks legit, but when you click on the image, you're taken to a site selling counterfeit products or a site that promotes fraudulent work-from-home jobs.

"We are finding that they are altering pins in some cases," said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau. "You can even have a pin set up and they will go in and replace it with something that has malware attached to it."

Unfortunately, like many social media sites, Pinterest is an easy outlet for scammers to access. You should always keep an eye on your account and report any suspicious activity online, checking pins closely before posting.

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