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Vancouver, BC – Facebook and other social media platforms are a great place to share photos and experiences with friends. However, BBB warns you to be careful with IQ tests, quizzes and other content designed to get you to click on links and provide personal information.
Many apps fall under what has been coined as ‘clickbait’ scams and can do more damage than just cluttering up your Facebook news feed. Some may launch viruses that can damage your computer while others contain spyware that attempt to steal personal information such as credit card numbers and bank account information.
“Without a doubt many of these bring entertainment value to Facebook users and most are likely harmless. At worst fill up your news feed with junk,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB serving Mainland BC. “We would just ask that people be skeptical about anything they click on. The majority are simply fun, but it only takes one bad link to mess things up for you.”
One of the IQ test apps asks for you cell phone number before proceeding to the game. At best you get a lot of unwanted texts, at worst this has the potential of receiving junk texts and a monthly charge of $9.99 showing up on your phone bill.
BBB offers the following tips to protect yourself from social media scams:
Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor BBB Serving Mainland BC 604-488-8702 604-505-2307 firstname.lastname@example.org 404-788 Beatty Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2M1
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses and brands they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews, all available for free at bbb.org. BBB Serving Mainland B.C., founded in 1939 and serving the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, Northern, Central and Southern Interior BC, and the Yukon, is one of 112 local, independent BBBs across North America. In 2014, consumers turned to BBB Serving Mainland B.C. more than 1.8 million times for Business Reviews and processed 7,500 complaints.