Pinterest Impersonation

Many of my readers and subscribers are Pinterest users, so I really wanted to share some surprising information with you. I recently discovered a Pinterest page where someone was impersonating me. My name and avatar were there, accompanying a set of boards which were not mine. Very strange! I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why anyone would do that since it couldn’t possibly benefit them in any way. Even worse – they could be pinning horrid recipes I wouldn’t be caught dead making! The horror! Seriously though…I reported it to Pinterest, and they were really great about dealing with the problem immediately. Here’s what they had to say:

“Thanks for reporting this user. We’ve deactivated that account for impersonation.

Sometimes fake/impersonating accounts can be spam accounts “in the making”. In an attempt to appear genuine, spammers can use automatic scripts to find real names and use profile pictures of others.”

They also recommended changing my password on Pinterest and Facebook/Twitter. Of course the account still shows up in a search, but it now links to a nonexistent page. Lesson learned? We all need to keep an eye on our name and our content. So don’t be shy, get out there and Google yourself!

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23 responses to “Pinterest Impersonation

  1. How awful! I have never created a pinboard but I do have an account. I’m going to check out my account there.

    • Good idea. It was quite a surprise to see how little control we seem to have over our identity. I noticed it because I was searching my name on Google to see if a particular post was showing up. I noticed there were two results for my name and Pinterest. One of them was my name alone (the real account), and the other was my name with someone else’s name beside it in brackets. That was the impersonated account.

  2. Wow, that’s really creepy. It’s sad to think there are people out there impersonating others for a living. Thanks for the heads-up. -Lauren

  3. Thanks for this. I didn’t really think about Pinterest that way, but I guess it is a start of a more major theft. Crazy!!! I’m glad you found it in time!!!

  4. Thanks for this good information. I’ll be taking a look as soon as I leave this page. 🙂

  5. Wow! I guess I’m naive because I would never think people would do such a thing. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  6. how bizarre! Thanks for sharing to help us avoid something like this.

  7. That is just weird!! What a strange thing for someone to do! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  8. Far out, can’t these people get a life. What could they possibly achieve from a fake Pinterest account? I will be checking.

  9. Ann

    Yes and stolen content is a problem as is no attribution or backlinks to your blog. I’ve started obsessively watermarking all my photos since I found some of them on a big site’s story about black and white halloween decorating with no credit back to me!

  10. Wow!!! It is unbelievable the extent people will go! I am just so glad you found the fake account, but so sorry you had to go through the hassle. Thank you so much for sharing this super valuable info. at A Bouquet of Talent. I’m headed to google now!

  11. Great advice! I have a Google Alert setup for my real name but just added one for my blog name, too! Thanks!

  12. Wow!! Glad you found it. Thank you for sharing your experience at Sharing Saturday!!

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