Neighbourhood Watch Update - COVID-19 quizzes

Posted on

April 27, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch Update - COVID-19 quizzes

Be wary of COVID-19 quizzes

With so many people self-isolating or social distancing, online quizzes have become an increasingly popular way of people staying in touch with friends and family and providing a source of entertainment. Many people are creating and sharing their own quizzes or taking part in online events.

However, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute has received information about some quizzes that, whilst on the surface appear harmless, are designed to harvest data that can be used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.

Some of these are circulating on social media and even claim to test your knowledge of COVID-19. However, many of the questions you are expected to answer will be personal in nature: your name; address; phone numbers and email addresses; family information; pet’s names and hobbies etc.

Security questions for bank accounts and online passwords usually incorporate this kind of information., making it easier for fraudsters to build up information on an individual over time.

This information can be harvested and made available both to genuine businesses (that may wish to sell you goods and service), but also scammers.

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