This week, we've gathered some excellent tips and info for you to share with our older friends and relatives on how to avoid being a victim of cybercrime. Each day this week, we'll have some very useful information for our older generation that they can use right now! We hope you are able to share our tips with members of your family, friends and colleagues.
Today's tip: 3 Not-So-Fun Facts About Cybercrime Against Seniors
1. Our older generation is not the most victimized age group by scammers. That title belongs to a 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.
2. Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite. They also usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit - all attractive to scammers.
3. Seniors may be less inclined to report fraud because they don't know how, or they may be too ashamed at having been scammed. They might also be concerned that their relatives will lose confidence in their ability to manage their own financial affairs. And when an elderly victim does report a crime, they may be unable to supply detailed information to investigators. For more information on how to report cybercrime and other ways to protect yourself, visit https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/elder-fraud