February 3, 2022
ID thieves may use your right answers for all the wrong reasons
Rockford, IL – Feb. 1, 2022 – Social media is used as a fun distraction for some people and taking a Facebook quiz may seem like a harmless way to pass the time. But are you giving away more information than you think? Better Business Bureau says “yes.”
Not all social media quizzes are data collection scams; however, BBB cautions users to be careful about what they share online and check the account's privacy settings.
“Specific, personal information about you is a gold mine for con artists,” says Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau. “Social media data and quiz answers can be used to steal identity or enable a scammer to impersonate you to your friends and family.”
How the Scam Works:
A fun quiz pops up on your Facebook feed or another social media platform. A few questions are answered to prove how well you know a friend. Or a short personality test is offered to match a character from a favorite TV show. These quizzes appear to be meaningless, but they intend to collect information.
For example, you may be asked questions such as: “What was the first car you owned?” “What is your mother's maiden name?” or “What is the name of the street you grew up on?” These are common security questions for insurance, banking, and credit card accounts. Sharing this information can lead to accounts being hacked and personal and financial information being stolen.
BBB tips to avoid social media scams:
- Be skeptical: Before answering a quiz, figure out who created it. Is it a brand you trust? Just because something appears to be fun and innocent doesn’t mean there isn’t an inherent risk.
- Adjust privacy settings: Review the social media account’s privacy settings; be strict about any shared information; and be mindful of who you are sharing it with.
- Remove personal details from your profile: Don’t share your phone number or home address on social media accounts.
- Don't give answers to common security questions: Be cautious if the questions in a quiz ask for things like your mother's maiden name, the street you grew up on, previously owned vehicles, favorite foods, or the name of your high school.
- Monitor friend requests. Don't accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Also, be wary of a second friend request from someone you are already connected with; the second profile may be an imposter trying to access your data and your Friends list.
For More Information: Visit BBB.org to keep up on scams or follow us @ChicagoBBB on social media. # # #