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This morning, March 6, 2014, HLN (Headline News) reported that Pinterest is warning their members that spammers are attacking their site in order to collect information to be used in ways not intended by Pinterest.

They are asking their members to be careful when receiving notice that they are being followed even using names of people you may know. I personally have been inundated with e-mails from fake looking Pinterest post. Just received one that said, “Your weekly pins from Pinterest!” Never got that before.

Pinterest Alert from Company:

“Don’t fall for FAKE “followers!” You can spot fake followers by taking a look at their Pinterest board. They will typically have lots of boards, but 1-2 pins…and each of the pins says it is from bit.ly. These are fake pins meant to re-direct you to another site. Don’t click on them.”

The much loved and fun site, Pinterest, sent out warnings that their site is being used inappropriately by spammers in order to gain access to member’s information.

Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that people use to collect ideas for their different projects and interests. People create and share collections (called “boards”) of visual bookmarks (called “Pins”) that they use to do things like plan trips and projects, organize events or save articles and recipes. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. It is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and investors” Source: Wikipedia

For those of you who do not know about this fun and informative site, you may go to Pinterest.com basics.

Below are several messages found at Pinterest.com which explains the situations.

“There are several spammers that re-pin some popular pins back onto this board but change the links to spam web site. I did not want to post this warning sign but seeing people still re-pin those Spams despite my warning again and again, I have to get people’s attention. I do not want to cause mass panic. But pinners, please make sure when you re-pin they are linked to proper sites.”

“Spammers create Pinterest accounts for the purpose of spamming. They often re-pin some popular pins onto community boards but change the links to their web sites where they can scam people or even do dangerous activities. If you click on their profiles you will find that they do not have that many pins and boards but most boards they have are community boards to help them spread their Spams. I have found many of them on many community boards. Please do not re-pin their Spam pins.”

How to report spanners on Pinterest.

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