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.