The continuing increase in visitors to the Pinterest site may be a primary cause why it’s becoming a hit for cybercriminals’ scams and schemes. In March, we spotted scammers using popular brands to lure users into “pinning” fake posts that led to surveys scams. This new wave of survey scams I found came from my search using “pinterest” as keyword.
In addition, I also spotted posts using URL shorteners such as bit.ly and goo.gl. When clicked, the shortened URLs/the fake posts lead to any of the following URLs:
Upon clicking the link, users are redirected to a Pinterest-like webpage offering prizes, vouchers, gift cards and others:
And Via Email, Too
Another thing I’ve noticed is that the fake site requires an email address:
Pinterest has since removed some of the fake Pinterest posts. Trend Micro users are also protected from these scams by the web reputation technology in our Smart Protection NetworkT.
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