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Pinterest Spam – Something to Watch Out For?

Have you tried Pinterest yet? It’s one of the fastest growing social media sites, having reached 10 million users in record time. It’s best described as Twitter, but for pictures. You can “pin” pictures and sites you like to a virtual pinboard, share things you like with others, follow people you like and have others follow you. Is there already any Pinterest spam out there? Let’s find out!

Spammers have been very active on social media sites in the past — we’ve seen fake friend request e-mails on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It stands to reason that Pinterest could be the next target of spammers, especially due to the number of e-mails they send. Pinterest sends out many different e-mails to its users, including the following:

  1. Welcome to Pinterest
  2. Check out My Stuff on Pinterest
  3. XX is Following You on Pinterest
  4. Thanks for Joining the Pinterest Waiting List
  5. XX Is Now Following All of Your Boards on Pinterest
  6. You’ve Been Invited to Join Pinterest 
  7. This Week On Pinterest
  8. XX Repinned Your Pin On Pinterest
  9. You Have New Repins and Likes on Pinterest
  10. XX Liked Your Pin On Pinterest

Here’s an example of one of the e-mails:

pinterest spam

When you consider 10 million users pinning, repining, and following each other, that’s a lot of emails being generated. While there has been a bit of controversy over Pinterest’s usage of notification e-mails, the good news is there have not been any Pinterest spam mails recorded to date, according to SPAMfighter stats. It is definitely something to be on the lookout for in the future as this popular site continues to grow.

Edit: Pinterest spam is definately here! These little babbies are been splashed out right now:

Pinterest spam



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