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Is the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt a scam?

Asked by augustlan (47376points) June 18th, 2012

I clicked on a pin, and was directed to a page telling me I’d found the scavenger hunt prize and asking me to choose the gift card(s) I wanted to receive. Here’s a screen shot of the page.

I strongly suspect this is not legit. It just doesn’t feel quite right, and the wording seems a little off. Is there a way to know for sure? The URL address for the scavenger hunt page is, if that helps.

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bookish1's avatar

@augustlan I’ve never heard of that before. But I looked at both of the links you sent, and as a linguistic oriented person, I strongly suspect that the pages were written by people whose native language is not English, for what it’s worth.

funkdaddy's avatar

Considering the header of the site you linked to is one big image, as opposed to normal navigation and the fact that I can click and “claim” those same prizes even though I’m not signed in to Pinterest would pretty much confirm it’s a scam.

Shady bastids probably want your contact information.

Here’s Pinterest’s help page on spam, probably best just to drop them a line.

augustlan's avatar

Thanks, jellies!

jca's avatar

I never do that stuff, so I don’t have any first-hand experience or knowledge about it, but I would report it if I were you.

A while ago I was seeing a lot of spam stuff for weight loss,and I reported it to them and surprisingly, I haven’t seen that stuff at all lately.

XOIIO's avatar

If you try and close the page and a pop up says something like WAIT ITS YOUR LAST CHANCE or ARE YOU SURE or crap like that, its a scam.

janbb's avatar

That URL certainly seems suspect in itself.

PhiNotPi's avatar

The URL of your link is not (the real website) but, it’s not even the same website. Also notice that if you click the second link, it takes you straight to the scavenger hunt page. It’s a scam.

janbb's avatar

What I said. ^^

augustlan's avatar

I reported it.

I see a lot of spam on Pinterest (they must need more mods!), and it’s so odd to me because a lot of it is for high end places like Pottery Barn. I find it hard to believe that PB needs to spam a website, so I don’t really get it.

XOIIO's avatar

@augustlan it’s just people using trusted names, not the companies.

janbb's avatar

I heard some business people talking a few months ago about how Pinterest was the newest thing for marketing. I think it is largely a “selling things” and “promoting things” rather than connecting with people site and I don’t see much use for it.

jca's avatar

@janbb: I’m on it every day and I see it being used mostly for “pinning” things that you like and that inspire you. I don’t see a lot of selling and promo. Do you use it?

janbb's avatar

I joined it but since there isn’t much of an interactive or content quality to it I find it fairly boring. When you pin something that is a product, you are basically promoting it for free to your followers. I realize there are other uses for it but since I am not in a crafty, cooking or collecting mood, I find it very limited. This may be partly my general mood right now re: the Internet; I’m not getting much out of it.

jca's avatar

@janbb: I didn’t enjoy it much until I learned how to “pin” things. Once I got the hang of that, I started enjoying the site more. Prior to that, it was just looking at pretty pictures.

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