Better Business Bureau warns public to stop sharing old high school photos

Posted at 11:57 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 11:57:49-04

CLEVELAND — The Better Business Bureau is warning people to stop sharing their old high school graduation photos on social media as it’s giving scammers additional information and hints to steal your identity, according to a post from Sherri Bevan Walsh, Summit County prosecutor.

Scammers can use these photos to find out your name, high school and graduation year, which are common online security questions.

The public should also be warned to stop taking surveys that ask you to post the color of your first car, or the cities you have lived in.

Authorities said while it’s tempting to join in on the fun by posting your picture, if you are uncomfortable participating, it’s best to avoid it.

Here are some tips:

  • Check your security settings on all social media platforms to see what you are sharing and with whom you are sharing.
  • Social media users should also change their security question
  • If you are nervous about something you shared possibly opening you up to fraud, review and change your security settings for banking and other websites.

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