Beware of Spammers, Scammers, and Malicious Links on Pinterest

by Heather on April 26, 2012

I know we’ve been a little quiet here at SpinPicks, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. Paul and I have been in head down work / travel mode. Good things are coming! Also? Jet lag and red eye flights are evil.

In the meantime, I want to warn all of you about the existence of malicious pins. Here at SpinPicks we do our best to filter out bad pins / feeds the moment they come to our attention, but as with any platform, there’s always the chance of something slipping under the radar.

Today, while making sure everything was working (I wasn’t playing with the app, honest!) I clicked to view the source of a pin, instead of going to the site it should, I was redirected to which gave a dialogue box prompting me to download a “Pinterest Tool”.

If I hadn’t been paying close attention or simply skimming, I might not have noticed the misspelling of Pinterest.

Be careful out there. We’re doing our best to ensure you have a safe, fun, and serendipitous experience. If you ever find anything like this, please shoot an email to Tech @ SpinPicks . com and we’ll be sure to add it to our filters.

In the meantime, spin on!

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