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Warning: These Online Quizzes Could Be Trying to Steal Your Personal Information!

Warning: These Online Quizzes Could Be Trying to Steal Your Personal Information!

03-2018

By: Oana Schneider

Warning: These Online Quizzes Could Be Trying to Steal Your Personal Information!

Your BBB® knows that some of these online quizzes sound extremely interesting, promising to reveal all sorts of things about us, from who we were in a past life to which cartoon character resembles us the most. But before you set out to answer those questions, please make sure to keep a few things in mind because some of these quizzes may not be as harmless as we might think:

Are they asking you’re your date of birth?

They might try to make it seem like the exact date and time of your birth is critical for their guesstimate, but please don’t give out this piece of information! Also, you need to know that quizzes are not an exact science so not being precise when answering the questions won’t affect the final result in a way that could change your life.

“What was the name of your first teacher?”

This may seem like a harmless question until you realize that the banking system uses similar questions. So if someone already has your personal information plus the answer to these questions, nothing will stop them from emptying your bank account! Give approximate answers and if the quiz looks a little fishy, exit and report it to bbb.orb/ScamTracker!

Are they asking you to register in order to take the quiz?

If that is the case, use an email address that you only use for quizzes and nothing else, to reduce the risk of ID theft, spams, and phishing.

Generally, quizzes are a fun way to spend 5 minutes, but when they are asking for personal information and random details from your life, it’s best to quit as soon as possible!

For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org!

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Oana Schneider is our Director of Media Services. She writes consumer and business oriented articles and is in charge of our community outreach program.