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Beware of spammers on Pinterest

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

We know the spammers and scammers go where the people are and right now Pinterest is looking to find them.

One spammer said during an interview that he is making $1000 a day on Pinterest just sending out spam.

However, you don't have to get pinned down by the spammers and scammers. Cyber experts have some advice:

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Spammers may create a pin on a popular topic and then tag your name in the message

2. This tag might get you or your friends to click on a link in the pin which then serves up spam or leads them to a malicious software site

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:

1. Research: If you get an email notice that someone is following you, do your research and look at their pins on their board

2. Ratio of Following to Followers: Look for telltale signs like they have very few followers but they are only following a few people

3. Mismatched Topics: Does the board title match the pins?

4. Report it!: Use the "Report Pin" button on Pinterest to report spam or anything suspicious

5. Pinterest.com is the only Pinterest web site: Don't trust other variations of the web site name.

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