Game or Criminal Toolkit?

Essex Police’s Fraud Alert System Newsletter no.36

Essex Police are reminding residents that what appear to be innocent games posted on social media have the potential to allow criminals access to your personal data—ultimately
allowing them to get their hands on your money.

Local policing teams have recently identified an increase in Facebook posts encouraging
users to post their ‘Film Star Name’ using a pet’s name and mothers maiden name, or
asking questions such as what was number one in the charts when you were 10.
These seemingly harmless questions can provide criminals with lots of personal
information that can assist them with stealing your identity.

For example:
• What is your film star name?
First Pet and Mother’s Maiden Name
• What was number one in the charts when you were 10?
Allows criminals to work out your Date of Birth
• What car did you pass your driving test in?
Details of first car
• Describe the city you were born in with a clue?
Town of birth

All of these are potentially answers to bank account security questions.

Remember to Take Five before posting personal details on social media and make sure
to check your security settings so that your posts can only be seen by those who you
want to see them.

This information was provided via Essex Police’s Fraud Alert System Newsletter no.36