Do not fall for this Pinterest Scam!

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! 

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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.

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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.

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  1. 1

    Oh my gosh, that is so not cool. I hate scammers. They’re always messing up everything.

  2. 2

    Don’t people have better things to do. I hope they shut this site down and you can find the scam link. How frustrating. Thanks for the heads up
    Nichol recently posted…Oxygenics PowerMassage Shower System Combo Kit (Energy & Water Efficient) ReviewMy Profile

  3. 3

    Thanks so much for sharing this! But this Download would not be the same as the Pin It Button download, right?

  4. 7
    Suzanne B. says:

    Good to know. I am sharing this with my friends.

  5. 8

    Thanks for sharing this info! We bloggers can never let our guard down, can we? It’s despicable that the spammers have latched on to Pinterest too. I usually only pin from the source but will be extra careful from now on to check that repins are going to legitimate links.
    Jen V. recently posted…Raspberry Peach Real Fruit Homemade Snow Cone Syrup RecipeMy Profile

  6. 9

    i noticed something weird on pinterest last night, I was trying to pin something and it asked me for a capctha code. I closed the window and started over and it was fine.
    Melinda recently posted…What I Learned from Bloggy Boot Camp PhiladelphiaMy Profile

    • 10

      Oh, I’ve never heard of that one! It’s crazy to think about the amount of scams there are out there! thanks for sharing the one you ran across!

  7. 11

    thanks for sharing this with every one. I’ve seen a couple of these scams lately. With pinterest becoming more popular this is bound to happen more often. Just be careful with all scammers online.
    Tiff Wayne recently posted…Wedding Reception FavorsMy Profile

  8. 12

    Dang, that sucks. Thank you for the heads up. I’ll definitely try to be more aware of what I’m repinning.
    Donna recently posted…See a Penny, Pick it Up: Financial Superstitions Around the WorldMy Profile

  9. 13

    That’s horrible! I only thought it would target heavy pinners. I’m sorry to hear they used a pin from your site. People really have too much time on their hands!
    TerriAnn recently posted…Paperblanks JournalsMy Profile

    • 14

      That’s what I thought as well TerriAnn! I never thought that my blog would be targeted! It just goes to show that even the small blogs like mine should be alert!

  10. 15

    Thanks for helping to get the word out about this. And thanks for linking to my blog because now I’ve found yours and I really like it!
    Beth recently posted…Difference Between Blanched and Unblanched Almond FlourMy Profile

  11. 17

    oh man :(
    sooooo not cool!!
    orangeheromama recently posted…Wordless Wednesday – Eerie FogMy Profile

  12. 18

    How annoying. What on earth is wrong with people that they do this? Thanks for the heads up – I don’t have a Pinterest account anymore, but I am sharing this on FB and Twitter to let others know as well.
    Jen-Eighty MPH Mom recently posted…$25 Amazon gift card giveaway -Baby Sleep WellMy Profile

    • 19

      Thanks Jen! I get so angry when scammers try to ruin a good thing! I love Pinterest but things like this make me second guess using it at all!

  13. 20

    that is crazy! I just don’t understand why people have to be so awful and trick innocent people. Thanks for alerting us to this I will spread the word.
    Cathy recently posted…Chocolate Pancakes with Nutty, Maple-Brown-Butter SyrupMy Profile

  14. 21

    Hi Henrietta! I’ll be more aware of what i’m pinning now and thanks for sharing this with us.
    Born27 recently posted…Small Business Phone ServicesMy Profile

  15. 22

    Thank you for posting this! These kinds of scams are exactly why I no longer repin anything on Pinterest–I only pin new things. It takes away some of the fun, but at least I don’t have to worry about spyware or viruses or whatever else!
    Kiersten recently posted…What I Ate This Week | Look, I made scones!My Profile

  16. 23
    Heidi19 says:

    Thanks for this info Hen! It is good to be more aware of the things posted in the net..They are sometimes more scam than info you can get out of it.
    Heidi19 recently posted…Different Stages Of Arowana Fry Still Attached To the Egg Yolk For Your Viewing Pleasure…My Profile

  17. 24

    I have heard of this one, but have not yet come across it – I have though had a bunch of scammers tag me in a pin where they link to a spam site. I hate that too.
    Tammy recently posted…Planters Introduces New ‘Manly’ Snack Mix ~ Approved by Men’s Health Magazine ~ Give AwayMy Profile

  18. 26

    I’ve run across this scam twice today. I noticed the misspelling of Pinterest in the URL right away and I immediately became suspicious about the instructions to install the Pinterest tool. The second time it happened I googled both the misspelled word and the correct spelling and I came across this blog post. I’m glad to see my suspicions are correct! I reported the first one as spam to Pinterest and will continue to do that every time I run across this. Pinterest used to be so much fun until the spammers made a nuisance of themselves.

    • 27

      I’m so glad that you didn’t fall for it Judy! And thank you for reporting those scammers! I report any I run across as well, hopefully they’ll get shut down! I agree, scammers always have to ruin the fun stuff!

  19. 28

    I don’t use Pinterest but am glad you let others know of this scam. It’s horrible that no social network is free from being scammed and people have to be super duper careful.

  20. 29

    Thanks for the warning. Sheesh, you’d think people could find a better use for their time.
    Nina recently posted…Ch…ch..changesMy Profile

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