Facebook IQ Quiz Scam

Watch out for ads that pop up on Facebook saying your friends have taken an IQ test and challenge you to beat their score. One of these quizzes asks you to enter your cell phone number when you finish the quiz, so you'll get a text message with the score. However, entering your cell phone number actually signs you up for a text message service that charges you $9.99 a month.

The only way you find out about the charge is by looking at your bill, or when you get a text message to renew the service.

Thanks to Jennifer in Bear Grass for alerting us to this scam.


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  • by Dumb IQ Location: NY on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:35 AM
    Its scary that people sign up for these scam programs. You have to be a little dumb if you sign up for a $9.95 per month mobile billing service to get the results of your 5 question IQ test. Unfortunately, a lot of people do it! --> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dumb-IQ/166690143771
  • by Annonymous on Oct 3, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    lol!!!!!!
  • by iam Location: texas on Sep 14, 2009 at 06:54 AM
    it is a scam, others claim it is not scam because either you didn't fell into, or you work for the company, if you didn't fell into this, there are plenty other scams waiting for you in the future, if you agree with this kind of business behavior, you will fell into one sooner or later.
  • by j Location: nc on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    Yeah that happened to me, except they charged me twice even though I followed the instructions of the msg and text the number back saying STOP so I wouldn't be charged and I was twice. I learned my lesson on that one, can't give you number or personal info on anything like that, they're scams, they mislead you into thinking something different then what the outcome is.
  • by roxanne Location: Greenville, NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    That's why I don't sign up for anything! People give up too much information and don't use common sense. Everything isn't safe.
  • by Reading on Aug 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    Like the other people said, read. This is not a scam. People are just to dumb and lazy to take 3 seconds to read.
  • by LT Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    This has happened to me...make sure you read the entire text message. At the end it will tell you to send Stop to a number. I doubled checked my bill and they did not charge me anything.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    I hadn't ever noticed this before, but I'm not dumb enough to give out my phone number to a quiz on Facebook anyway! Gracious!
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Not a scam- the fine print plainly states that you are signing up for the service. It is just one more creative way to get your money, but totally legal. People should always read the fine print.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Aug 3, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    I dont know about a scam but it clearly states that it will do this, should be no surprise, whats the point in giving your phone number for something like this anyway?
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