How the scam works:
(with video below) Pinterest is the wildly popular photo-sharing website. Thousands of users visit each day to share recipes, decorating ideas, travel plans, craft tips and jokes with one another. Of course, any social media site with this level of popularity is ripe for the picking for scammers.
The Pinterest tool scam involves users being tricked into downloading a browser add-on that is supposed to add features to Pinterest to aid in browsing the site. This tool is being promoted through spam on the Pinterest website, which takes users to fake sites such as pinteresf.org or pinterets.com (or many other variations with a mispelled letter), which are not official Pinterest sites.
Once on the site, users are urged to download add-ons for Chrome and Firefox. Of course, these plug-ins are nothing but malware, collecting user names and passwords. They are then sent to remote servers controlled by the crooks.
From there, you can only imagine what can happen to you, if you fall victim to this scam. As Pinterest grows in popularity, so does the risk of you being in danger.
Watch the video below to see in action a different variation of the Pinterest scam exposed.
How to avoid:
If you spot this type of advertisement or offer close the browser window. Even if you select “no thanks” you are still installing the plug-in. Be aware that these types of scams can lurk behind the most innocuous looking content, so be wary of anyplace with a domain name that is slightly different than Pinterest. These are most likely not legitimate offers or sites.
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