You’ve seen the quizzes on Facebook before — they get passed around all the time.
They seem innocent enough, and may be intended as such, but here’s a very important alert. You don’t know who else is looking at your answers, or how that information is getting used.
But experts are warning you to take a step back and think about what you’re sharing.
“We can’t give out any personal information,” said Tom Gallagher with the Better Business Bureau. “… Somebody else can see that, pick it up, and just catalog it, and next thing you know, they’ve got a whole nice piece of information on you. Don’t fall for that stuff. Don’t do it.”
Think about those questions — your dog’s name; where you’ve lived before; your sibling’s name; your mother’s name. They’re all common security questions used to get into your bank accounts or to grant you access to your money.
And now it’s on the internet.
“They’re asking how many kids do you have, what color are your eyes,” said Gallagher, “… and the next thing you know, they’re going to be able to find out — I promise — these guys are good enough to find out — what your bank account number is, what your other identifiers are. They might be able to get your password. This is what these people do for a living.”
So as fun and harmless as these may sound, don’t fill one out.
Gallagher said if you’re able to go back and delete the information you’ve given then, but “I don’t know if you ever can.”
What you can do is check your credit report often to make sure there’s nothing suspicious going on with your money.
The information you use can also be used about your family.
For example, think about that scam where grandparents get called and told a loved one is in danger or under arrest and needs money.
These quizzes give out all the information a scammer would need to make it sound like he or she really knew you.
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