Facebook survey trend exposing answers to security questions

Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 10:09 PM CST
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You may have seen surveys being posted by your friends on Facebook with questions like: What's your favorite color? Or your what's your favorite hobby?

It seems harmless.

But they're often similar to security questions used by banks or other businesses to identify you when you use their online sites.

"If people know those, they might put you at risk for possibly being scammed," said Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler.

"Yeah I have seen the scam going on on Facebook. I didn't know it was a scam, I just thought people were answering questions," said Richie Harrell.

Many people like Harrell didn't realize answering simple questions like these can get the attention of scammers.

"Yeah it makes sense!"

"I had no idea."

Now police are warning users to be a little more aware of what they're posting on social media.

Because while it seems like fun and games answering these questions may pose a threat to your security.

"Anytime you put stuff out there, even though you have good intentions by doing it and it may be fun, there are some people out there that don't take it that way and will use it to better themselves or monetary gain."

Eppler said besides technology, there are still some old fashion ways people can get a hold of your information.

"If you get paper statements, you need to shred those when you're finished with them," Eppler said. "Don't just throw things like that in the trash. I know we don't hear a lot about that stuff but its still a major problem."