Pinterest Recipes, What are these Pinterest Scammers Cooking Up?

Pinterest Recipes, What are these Pinterest Scammers Cooking Up?

Seriously, you are not going to believe some of the ways Pinterest Scammers are cooking up their own recipes to steal your time.

Just like most people, I’m a busy guy and try to schedule my time around what I have to get done.   I run a business and in todays world you need to be connected to a million different social platforms all at once.  Every second counts, every interaction is critical and there is no time for BS!  (Ok a little BS but that’s a different post).  This is why I get so frustrated, when some days there are so many Pinterest Scammers out there stealing my time frombeing productive.

Now, I’ve been on Pinterest over a year and although I’m not a member of Hello Society nor do I have over 1,000,000 people following me, I still feel like I have the basics of the platform down (actually I recently broke 1,000 followers and was PUMPED!!).

This Post is going to breakdown the following:

  • When I started to notice the Pinterest Scammers
  • What I started to notice about the Pinterest Scammers
  • Who these Pinterest Scammers are
  • Where you can find these Pinterest Scammers
  • How is Pinterest going to deal with these Pinterest Scammers?

When I started to notice the Pinterest Scammers

I was really surprised in November and December , what at first seemed to be a coincidence and then I dug a little deeper.

I had about 12 new Pinners that were following me they were all attractive women, nothing wrong with that :) but,they seemed to have something off about them.  I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time but I just had a feeling.
(Now I will tell you in advance normally when I post photos in a post I don’t go with such large pictures but, for this post I went as large as possible and you’ll see why).

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(remember the last girl on the right  Gerald Helton, for later down the post)

For some reason more and more of these “ladies” started showing up.
They all had some nice little blurb in the description but again, something just seemed wrong.
….Designer, and Art Director
….Spain Born // California Grown// Fashion Blogger
….I like to draw, write, craft, crochet and cook

Basic stuff, nothing too detailed. So I decided to look up the fashion blogger.
But when I looked up the fashion blogger, I couldn’t find anything?
Hmmmm…. A fashion blogger with no listing on Google, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook?  Ding a bell went off!!!!!!!

What I started to notice about the Pinterest Scammers

So, I started to study their boards a little bit and took some screen shots.
I noticed they collectively all had the same type of profile too!
1.   A nice little inspirational blurb…thats cool,
2.  General location big city…ok people live in cities,
3.  No facebook, twitter or website link…..um this is a social media platform…. why not?
4.  All had 26 boards…really all have 26 boards?
5.  All had the same boards…..WHAT THE HECK???
6.  All had the same Pins…. WHAT? WHAT?? WHAT????
Regrettably I cut off their faces to protect their identities just in case I was wrong.

Tell me if you notice anything similar about these “different people’s” boards.

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Amazing right??  All these people happen to have the same exact boards in the exact same order!!
Architecture,
Interior Design,
Photography,
Art + Illustration,
Digital art,
Typography,
Shoes shoes shoes,
Dress and gowns,
Trendy tops,
Sweaters,
Skirts,
Sporty,
Swimwear,
Wedding,
Intimate,
A scarf changes everything,
Hats,
Pack your bags,
Whats the time,
Necklaces,
Rings,
Earrings,
Bracelets,
Sunglasses,
Fragrances,
Time to chill

See the pattern?
As I dug in deeper  it had become crystal clear they were all fake accounts designed to promote products from two companies.

Also really interesting is this.   As I started to notice this trend, a few people in the (amazing) Google + / Facebook Pinterest group that I’m a member of called Pinchat  run by Kelly Lieberman started to complain about the same thing.  They included my Pinterest Pals Clair Hutchinson, JoAnn Hines , . Elizabeth Munroe Hedstrom.  All these gals are well established Pinners. We discussed how terrible this type of thing was and to summarize our mutual feelings, Claire said it the best ” Doesn’t shock me, Adam. I told you they are a plague.”  

Then Poof, they kinda dropped off the map for a little while.

Who these Pinterest Scammers are.
So in rolls January Happy New Year right?  Well not exactly, here’s where I get totally blown away!!!
Remember my girl up top I told you to remember  Gerald Helton?
Well check this out;

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Same Chick Different Name!!
Either she set a record for the fastest name change in U.S. Document History or she is basically full of …..

But honestly, I need to thank Meredith Gordon aka Gerald Helton because with out her, I couldn’t share this post with you.  A real person.
How do I know your a real person?  Because your reading this and imaginary people can’t read 😉

So now I’m on a mission, and then I really started to connect the dots.
I reached out back into my old email and pulled up a number of profiles that “
coincidentally” all have exactly 26 boards and all had exactly the same pins.

These Pinterest Scammers at least tried to be a little bit more clever this go around.  Before they had all the same boards in all the same order on all the profiles.
This time they,
1.  Moved the order of the boards around
2.  Changed the board names on some of their boards (examples towards the bottom)
3.  Changed the defunct profile names and recycled the images and pins.

This time when I snagged their screenshots, I included their names as well.
As long as they are putting their names out there in  public… I have no problem putting their names out there in public in this post is well.
Take a look for yourself;

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So like I listed before they changed the order and some of the board names to be slick
Architecture…………….is now Houses…………………….or Residences
Interior Design…………is now Homes…………………….or Interior
Photography……………is now Photos…………………….or Pictures
Art + Illustration………is now Artworks…………………or Art…………………………………or Art / Illustration
Digital art………………..is now Computer Art……………or Digital Artworks
Typography…………….is now Type………………………..or Fonts……………………………..or Free Fonts
Shoes shoes shoes…….is now Shoes……………………….or Shoes to Shoes………………..or Shoes I Love……..or Cute Shoes
Dress and gowns……….is now Dress for Success………..or Obsessed with the Dress
Trendy tops…………….is now Hot Tops……………………or Top it Off
Sweaters…………………is now Fall Fashion…………………or Winter Style…………………or Cozy and Cold
Skirts……………………..is now Love for Skirts…………….or Awesome Skirts…………….or Clothing – Skirts….or Love for Skirts
Sporty……………………is now Sporty Fashion…………….or Fitness Faashion
Swimwear……………….is now Slinky Swimwear………….or Splash!…………………………or Swimwear / Coverup
Wedding…………………is now Wedding Ideas…………….or Bridal Gowns…………………or Loveliness
Time to chill……………..is now Pillows…………………….or For the Home

Okay I think you get the point and I am running out of time.

But that really is the whole point of this blog post. I think we just really answered that question that I posed in the title;
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The truth of the matter is they are cooking up junk, and they are totally wasting our time.

Where you can find these Pinterest Scammers

It doesn’t end there by the way, take a look especially at the same thumbnail images;

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How is Pinterest going to deal with these Pinterest Scammers?

That is my question.   Now that they have been identified what is Pinterest going to do about them??
More Importantly what will Pinterest do about the Companies that are behind it??

Alright I’m basically cooked with this post.  Needless to say these Pinterest Scammers took up quite a bit of my time .
But if I can save a few of my fellow Piners some time by avoiding this nonsense, that makes me feel PINTASTIC!!

Feel free to follow me on Pinterest  http://www.pinterest.com/wrapit20/
If you want to be really sweat follow my Business Pinterest Page as well http://www.pinterest.com/wrapitgiftbag/
And if you want me to fall in love with you ,I happen to make a really cool product  called  Wrap iT stop on by and purchase one :)
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I promise you I am a real Pinner and so are my Friends below if interested :)

Also I recommend you take a look on Pinterest for;
JoAnn Hines
Claire Isabel
Elizabeth Munroe Hedstrom
Stacey Rawlins
Kelly Lieberman
Hello Society
Cynthia Sanchez
Michelle Held
Donna Bebbe
Virginia C
Kimberly Reynolds
Anna Eberhart
Anilu Maglorie
Michael Q Todd
Christine Degraff
Mervik Haums

Martin Shervington
Jeff Sieh
Stephan Hovnanian
Mike Allton
Luke Dean-Weymark
Wade Harman

Les Dossey

Also there are a ton of videos out there about Pinterest but these are two of my favorites.
Bring The Neat – Organizing Your Holiday Pins with Cynthia Sanchez

Manly Pinterest Tips

Thanks for Sharing, Happy Pinning 😀

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2 comments

  1. Anna Eberhart January 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Nicely presented Adam! The SPAM monsters have to work harder these days! I do advise you to report + block these accounts and not allow others to add contributors to any of you group boards until you check their profiles. they are computer generated profiles and probably are paid for each pin posted, whether it gets removed or not! I have now realized I should have fewer group boards in order to maintain the integrity of the board theme. I’ve been severely Spammed in the past, which has forced me to be suspicious of requests…it’s just not in my nature! Congrats on your business Adam! I thought I’d pre-ordered from WrapIt in the Fall but, must have missed a click somewhere! I’ll try again! All the best to you, Anna :)

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