Remove your Date of Birth from Facebook and other Social Media Sites, New Method Scammers are Using
As we grow old and financially, there are so many people who wants to hack into our bank accounts, email address or conduct sim swap on our phone number.
If someone wants to hack into your email or bank account, the first security challenge they will be asked is to provide your date of birth.
My personal experience
Few weeks ago I received 3 calls from strangers. The first call claimed to be from my bank. They asked me to provide my date of birth because they needed to protect my account but I told them my bank already has the information and if actually he is from my bank, he would see my date of birth from their system.
The second call claimed to be a reverend sister. She said Catholic Church is organizing a collateral free loan. She said I should provide my date of birth and full names so that I will be added among those that will receive the loan. I told them I don’t know them and I don’t need their loan.
Third call claimed to be director of Nnpc, he said he wanted to list my name on those that will be given job. He said I should provide my name and date of birth.
All these calls are after my date birth. I don’t know what they intend to do with it but I know they can use it to do some hacking.
Do you think they hadn’t gone to my facebook page or other social accounts to check for my date of birth? What would happen if my date of birth is visible to all?
As a sharp guy and street wise, I had since I opened my facebook account restricted access to my date of birth. Now that we have scammers everywhere and even in our friends list.
Another thing that facebook does wrong is to announce your date birth so that your friends and everyone will see it’s your birthday and send wishes. Now our date of birth is a gold in the hands of scammers.
To disable or stop facebook from showing your date of birth or announcing it do the following.
First go to facebook and open your profile. In your profile clicking edit profile.
Then Scroll down to Basic info, click edit
Then Set it to only me. This means you have locked it.
It’s not advisable for facebook or social media sites to show your date of birth to all people especially now that scam is in increasing.
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