Fraudulent Survey on Facebook

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Several students recently reported to the University of Michigan Police about a fraudulent survey request posted on the “Ladies of UofM: Buy, Sell, Trade” closed Facebook Group. The survey offered gift cards in return for providing personal information in a survey, claiming to be about “sexual activity and cervical cancer.”  

If you provided personal information or video to this survey, please contact the University of Michigan Police Department at 734-763-1131.

Here are some precautions you can take to avoid being scammed or blackmailed on the internet:

  • Do not open attachments from people you do not know.
  • Use extreme caution when sharing personal information, even if the source promises confidentiality.
  • Never send compromising images of yourself to anyone, no matter who they are, or who they say they are.
  • Turn off your electronic devices and web cameras when you are not using them.

More information on how to protect yourself from cybercrime: