Scammers can use this information when hacking your accounts, because it’s often the answers to online security questions. Just by knowing you graduated from Bangor High School, for instance, they can Google the school and find out the mascot (another common security question) is the Rams. And with a little quick research online, which hackers are so good at, they can find information about who your family members are, your real name (especially if your account is in your married name), your birth date, or even where you live.
Other similar-type scams include asking people to post pictures of all the cars they’ve owned (including makes/models/colors), favorite athletes, and top 10 favorite TV shows. The BBB cautions everyone to always be mindful of what they’re putting on social media and how those innocent questions may also be sensitive material to hackers.
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