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How Safe is That Quiz in Your Facebook Feed?

 

All your friends are sharing a new quiz on Facebook. But before you join in, be sure to do your homework. Those fun quizzes can be a way to steal your personal information.

 

How the Scam Works

 

A clever quiz is making the rounds of your friends’ Facebook feeds. Answer a few questions about yourself and find your spirit animal, top place to live, or favorite TV show character.  These quizzes may seem like harmless fun – and some are – but many of them are designed to gather personal information about you. Telling the difference can be difficult.

 

One warning sign is if a quiz requires you to grant a third-party application access to your Facebook profile. When you start a quiz, a pop-up will appear. It reads something like: “Allowing access will let it pull your profile information, photos, your friends’ info, and other content that it requires to work.” This means the quiz creators can access any data you share, which may include photos, workplace details, and your location. This can put you at risk for many other scams, such as an emergency con.

 

Tips to Spot this Scam:

  • Be skeptical: Before you take a quiz, figure out who created it. Is it a brand you trust?
  • Adjust privacy settings: Review your social media account’s privacy settings and be strict about what information you share.
  • Remove personal details from your profile: Don’t share information like your phone number or home address on Facebook or other accounts.

For more Information:

For more details about this scam, read BBB’s full article and check out Komando.com.

To report a scam,  go to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/scamtracker). To protect yourself from all kinds of scams, visit the BBB Scam Tips page (BBB.org/scamtips).

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