How to Spot Spammers and Scammers on Pinterest (4 Keys to Protect Your Images)

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How to Spot Spammers and Scammers on Pinterest (4 Keys to Protect Your Images)

Scams and spamming on social media happen from time to time and they will never go away.

Here are a couple of nasty examples going around:

1) If you receive an email saying a friend is sharing a link with you from a popular arts and craft site DO NOT CLICK it! If you do you will be directed to a fake site where your personal information will be put at risk.

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It’s a common practice for most of us to link our social media accounts to others therefore do your best to use separate log ins and passwords for all your accounts to limit the impact of a scam if you get hit.

2) Here’s one according to Snake River.

You get an email from Pinterest. It says a friend has shared a “pin” (the term Pinterest uses for a digital scrapbook image) with you. The email and link seem legitimate, so you click on it.

The image is different from what your friend typically pins, but it looks real. These guys will steal your identity too and who knows how or what they will do with your info.

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As for spammers….that is another story, they try and steal your content and pass it off as their own to build up their credibility and base.

Here’s the most common one I see and how I spot it:

Spammers change your source link.

Here’s an example of a blog I created and as you can see the source link has been changed to Tumblr.

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How I am able to detect spams? There are no Article Rich pins. The left image shows that the Article Rich pin integration (the bolded content under the image) and the one on the right does not.

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What I do next is:

1) I report that the pin is spam by clicking the grey flag on the bottom of the image. Then I go to the spammer’s page which is owned by Lisa Carlson.

2) I comment to let pinners know the source link is spam and I include a link where they should go.

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When I get to Lisa’s spam page you will notice that all her boards are group boards. Why? Because that’s what most spammers do.

And you will notice they do not have large number of followers. The next thing I do is click the grey flag on the about section and report it as spam.

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I also block her so that she can no longer interact with my pins.

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Spammers do not change the pin descriptions which is why I always make sure that I include the source link on the caption with a call to action. In addition add in the caption that the pinner’s account is spam.

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The 4 key takeaways:

1) Apply for Rich pin integration

2) Always include the source link in your pin description

3) Report and block the spammer

4) Comment on images to alert pinners that the source link is spam and advise them of the original link to follow

5) I added relevant hashtags so I can track my pins

What’s really unfortunate is that reporting spam activities is a real time suck but it’s something that you must do from time to time to protect the content you’ve worked so hard to create.

Over to you…

Have you ever detected spam and what did you do about it?

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Comments: 2

  • Hellie's Corner says:

    Thanks for the advice and the points you make. Before pinning I try to check the source of the pin and am finding it very frustrating,as a large percentage of the pins, don’t lead to the orginal source, so I don’t pin them. As my OH pointed out, this could be risky in itself as it could result in going to a risky site without realising it.

  • Anna Bennett says:

    You’re welcome Hellie and I appreciate your comments. You’re smart in checking the source of the pin.

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