Pinterest is the newest social networking site that’s steadily gaining popularity among users this year. Users can create their own “boards” where they can “pin” images or videos of anything they like. Users can “re-pin” images and videos posted by other users to their own boards or they can use the Pin It button to grab images from various sites or videos from YouTube.
Pinterest has become very popular, especially after some big names signed up. Now, the millions of account holders are seen as potential victims by crooks who fill their pockets with the help of affiliate marketing scams.
Trend Micro experts noticed that a particular image kept popping up on the website and after further analysis they determined that it was a classic gift card scheme that advertised Starbucks giveaways, adapted for Pinterest customers.
“Starbucks is giving away free giftcards to all Pinterest users,” reads the malicious image.
Those who click on it are taken to a webpage that requests users to “Pin it” in order to win the much desired prize.
In the next stage a survey page appears, promising more prizes in exchange for a few clicks. While those clicks earn the crooks a lot of money, the victims never receive anything.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter if they’re advertised on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media site, a scam will remain a scam and it should be ignored.
Security solutions providers have started blocking the sites that hide behind these shady advertisement, but internauts should learn to avoid them altogether.