Protecting our Elders from Cybercrime

Believe it or not, our older generation is not the most victimized age group by scammers. That title belongs to the younger generation ages 20-29, according to recent studies. Although reported fraud may have been less for the older generation, the overall monetary loss from scams is typically much higher. Help these individuals like they’ve helped you by sharing cybersecurity tips and scams to watch out for.

Charity Scams –  Scammers often pose as reps from charities asking for donations.  Watch for unusual payment requests such as wire transfer, cash, cryptocurrency or gift cards.

Tip! – If they do wish to donate, use reputable charities and consider donating on the charity’s webpage directly.

Online Shopping – Purchasing goods or services online can be a risk for anyone, especially those with less experience and knowledge about the dangers of online shopping.

Tip! – Inform your elders about risky websites and how to identify sites that are not secure.

Poor Password Controls – Seniors may not have as many accounts as we do, but most have at least one. Without strong password

Tip! – Inform your elders about risky websites and how to identify sites that are not secure.

Phone Scams – Typically the most common way seniors are targeted is through phone scams. Common tricks include technology support scams, fake trip or lottery scams, or pretending to be a grandchild or loved one in need of money for an emergency.

Tip! – Tell them to watch for threats, impersonations,  and offers that seem too good to be true on any call they didn’t originate.

Romance Scams – Many seniors turn to dating sites or apps to find companionship. Although many legitimate connections can be found, there are possibilities of catfishing with the attempts to swindle money or sensitive information from your older loved ones. Yes, it may be hard to stop these scams and educate our loved ones at a late age, but here are some additional quick tips that can help keep them safe.

Tip! – If your older relative is looking for a connection, help guide them on safe platforms to use and how to avoid falling for a catfish.