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How to detect an online scam

Q. I’m trying to launch a social media career so I can make some money and be a stay-at-home mom. I was recently asked to start paid pinning for a company on Pinterest where I have numerous follows. About a week after I started this paid pinning, the company emailed me, saying I had made almost $500 so far from my pins and asked me to sign a contract giving all negotiation of paid pinning opportunities to this company. Plus, they would own the rights to all my paid pinning activity for one full year. It sent over a three page contract and recommended I have a lawyer take a look. That sent up a little red flag. Please help. I don’t know if this is legit or not. THANK YOU!
-Lindsay, from Elk Grove, CA, listens to my weekly radio show on KSTE 650 AM.

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A. Way to be vigilant, Lindsay! Online scammers will trick you out of time and money if you’re not careful.

Before I discuss that, I should explain Pinterest. This is a newer social media site that’s like a virtual pin board. You repost pictures and links you find on the Web – this is called “pinning.” Pay Pinterest a visit to see what I’m talking about.

Some companies are recruiting Pinterest members to post promotional items as a kind of affiliate marketing. Although some of these offers are legitimate, there have also been several reports of scams of this type.

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