AG: Beware of online IQ tests

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There are dozens of online brain teasers flooding cyberspace as a form of entertainment.

IQ tests are huge, but the state attorney general says they're also a problem.

"Before you can learn your IQ, you need to put your cell phone number in and subscribe to a service," said Paula Selis, senior counsel for the AG Consumer Division.

The tests typically involved 10 relatively easy questions. The "gotcha" comes as soon as you answer the last question.

That's when you discover the answer will be sent directly to your cell phone, which means you have to provide your cell phone number.

"A cell phone number essentially gives them the right to bill you, so you can find charges on your cell phone bill that you had no idea were going to be coming to you," said Selis.

The real test of your IQ is whether you bother to read the fine print. Follow through on the test and you could be signing up for an auto renewing subscription service that bills you just under $10 a month until you cancel.

People are getting so caught up in passing the IQ tests that they fail the most important test of all.

"The end is designed to make you the consumer, pay for something you don't really want, in order to get an answer." Selis said.

That's not to say every online IQ test will charge you. Here's one tip off: if the tests asks for your cell phone number, remember that's a way to bill your cell phone account.

Another tip off: the quiz looks like it came from someone in your social network on Twitter or Facebook.

Hackers are hijacking other people's profile information to make you think you're getting a message from someone you know. Meantime, their picture is being used to tweet all of their followers, and get them to test their IQ.