The IQ-Quiz Scam
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If you are using Facebook chances are that you have stumbled upon one of the “IQ Quizzes” that has following characteristics:
- the test takes less than 10 minutes
- it wants access to your friend list
- at the end of the quiz, it asks you to enter personal information such as your phone number, address and maybe even credit card information
What is the scam?
1. The IQ quiz does not measure your real IQ. If an IQ test takes less than 10 minutes, it is not a real test. A real IQ test takes between 30 minutes to over an hour.
“Cramming (fraud) Cramming is a form of fraud in which small charges are added to a bill by a third party without the subscriber’s consent or disclosure. These may be disguised as a tax, some other common fee or a bogus service, and may be several dollars or even just a few cents”
So if they ask you for your phone number, they almost always want to trick you into a paid-subscription.
It’s not only IQ Quizzes
This type of scam comes in many forms. It could be a “Who are you/Which type of character are you?” type of quiz.
You should be always cautious once a quiz asks you for your phone number or even more private data(such as your credit card information).