CYBER SAFETY NEWS – SOCIAL MEDIA FAKE QUIZZES
Posted on June 23rd, 2020
Are you tempted to complete that quiz floating around on Facebook or Instagram, which takes you to an external web page?
Want to share your first dog’s birthday, or your favourite school teacher’s name with your friends on a twenty part questionnaire that you copy and paste to your personal Facebook page?
While these quizzes may seem fun, and seemingly innocent, they could be probing for answers that are linked to passwords or secret questions used as identification for your financial or other type of institutional accounts.
It’s important to consider the information that you are willing to provide across these social media platforms, and be cautious of those people you may be sharing the information with.
We suggest being vigilant on social media with regards to these types of quizzes or questionnaire’s. Never provide your personal details, banking details or password related information to your social media account.
The ACCC’s Scamwatch website helps you learn how to recognise, report and protect yourself from scams. Scamwatch contains information for consumers and small business including:
· the most common scams
· victims’ stories
· golden rules to protect yourself
· email alerts
· where to report a scam
If you believe that you may have fallen victim to one of these scams, it’s best to make contact with us sooner rather than later. You can reach out to any of our seven local branches, through our Capricornian Contact Centre team on 1300 314 900 or by emailing email@example.com.
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How to report scams on digital platforms:
To report a post, Facebook advises users to click on the top right of the post, and then select either ‘Report post’ or ‘Report photo’. They then have to select the option that best describes the scam, and follow the rest of the onscreen instructions.
To report a profile, Facebook suggests that a user clicks and selects ‘Report’ on the bottom right of the suspicious profile’s cover photo, and then follow the instructions onscreen.
To report a post, Instagram advises users to tap the three dots above the post, and select ‘Report’. Select the option that best describes the post and follow the onscreen instructions.
To report a profile, Instagram advises users to tap on the three dots in the top right of the profile and select ‘Report’. Select the option that best describes the profile and follow the onscreen instructions.
Users can report another account by pressing and holding that Snapchatter’s name, tapping ‘More’, then tapping ‘Report’.
To report a snap or story on the platform, users can press and hold on the snap or story until the white flag icon appears. They can then select this icon to Report to Snapchat.
To report a suspicious account, users can click on said profile, tap the ‘Settings’ icon, tap ‘Report’, then follow the prompts.
To report a video, the user can open the video and tap the ‘Share’ icon, then tap ‘Report’ and follow the prompts.
To report a comment, the user can tap the comment that they’d like to report, click ‘Report’ and follow the prompts.
To report a message received, a user can open the conversation and tap the ‘Share’ icon, then tap ‘Report’ and follow the steps in the app.
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