I’ve been reading a lot about a scam that’s targeted at Pinterest users, mainly foodies. Not being a “food blog”, I never thought about it happening to a pin from ahensnest.com. However, this morning as I was checking my StatCounter, I noticed a new trackback from a blog called kimsdeliciousness.blogspot.com.
I clicked it because I love leaving a comment for any awesome person who happens to link to my recipes. This link was NOT awesome though! It’s a phony link that actually turns into a SCAM link pointing to pinterets instead of Pinterest. I am pissed.
How dare someone use my recipe post as a way to scam others!
This is just to alert you that this scam is real. Please know that you will NEVER have to download any kind of tool or viewer that pops up while you are using Pinterest. If you see a pop up like the one in ths screenshot, then you are being scammed! DO NOT CLICK IT! In fact, run far far away from it. This scam is not to be confused with the Official Pin It button download that is located in the “Goodies” section of Pinterest. That download is of course, legit!
I have reported the blogspot blog that linked to this scam site but I am sure there are hundreds more. Please be aware and report any of these scams that you come across! If you are able to track the scam link back to a blogspot blog, like I was, then you can report it using the “Report Abuse” link in the NavBar.
Now, I have the joy of trying to figure out how to find the scam pin on pinterest to try and get it removed! Do not fall for this Pinterest Scam! Be careful and mindful of what you are repinning! Always check the source of pins before you repin! I hate scammers that ruin a good thing… grrr!
Here are several articles that detail how this scam works.
- Pinterest Scam Aimed At Foodies
- Beware of Spammers, Scammers, and Malicious Links on Pinterest