Don't Get Hooked: Pinterest Scams


With fewer people using email, scam artists are looking for new ways to get in your purse or wallet.

Internet hackers seem to be taking a sudden Pinterest.

And the Arkansas Better Business Bureau wants to help make sure that you...don't get hooked.

On Pinterest, friends share "pins" with one another. It might be a recipe. It might be a home decorating idea. It might be a photograph.

"You see something that comes that looks like it's from a friend, says it might be from a friend, but the image is typically not what that friend would send," says Mike Rohrer with the Arkansas Better Business Bureau. "Not necessarily a bad image. It's just not something you would link with them. So..."

So...don't open it.

Rohrer warns that if you do, your computer could become infected and disabled. Or your personal files and information could be compromised.

To help keep the Pinterest account of yourself and others more secure, report scam "pins" to Pinterest.

Change your password every so often.

Log out when you're not on Pinterest.

And be careful linking all your social media accounts together.

"You need to report it number one," advises Rohrer. "Number two you need to change your password immediately. Log out. Get out of the browser because that will cut off the access to that. And then make sure that your other social sites aren't linked together."

Pinterest also has tips on its home page that will help you keep your account more secure.

This alert and others can be found under the "Scam Stopper" link on the Better Business Bureau's web site.

Air date: March 7th, 2014