Mother’s Day was alive and well on Facebook yesterday with millions of tributes, photos and more. But there’s a dark side to all these Mother’s Day honors that could lead to identity theft or worse. If you or your family members posted some Mother’s Day messages yesterday, take a look back at them now to see if they might include some risky information.
What could be possibly so risky about honoring moms on their special day?
As Facebook posts about Mother's Day spread like wildfire on Sunday, police in Kansas issued this chilling warning.
The post in question is asking for a child's basic information - name, birthday, due date and weight. With this information, according to police,"Many sites and companies require personal information, such as your date of birth, to grant access to lost log in information. With your information, people seeking to do harm could potentially have everything that they need to cause serious issues."
If you do see this post, don't participate. It just makes it that much easier for hackers and scammers to do some potentially harmful damage. Also be on the look out for posts that may share a mother's maiden name. That is also a valuable clue ID thieves can use to break into accounts.
Steer clear and be sure to share this post with others so we can all stay safe.