Scammers capitalize on every opportunity they can to steal hard earned money or possessions from someone. The constant growth of the internet brings out new scam tactics and opportunities for fraudulent companies. The internet has been around for a while now, but it’s evident that senior citizens may take longer to adjust to technology, which can also mean falling victim to online scams. The aftermath of an online scam can be devastating, especially to senior citizens. CaraVita Village wants to share a couple of ways to better protect and prepare your loved one for possible online scams.
Many seniors use the internet pretty proficiently, but some older adults are beginners when it comes to computer technology and software. You should make sure the senior in your life has the latest updated security software with automatic updates, turn on ad blockers, and have your loved one set up secure passwords. Remind your loved one of tech scams, which target victims by posing as a member of an accredited company like Dell or Apple, and try to gain remote access to their device to ultimately steal useful private information.
Be Careful Online
It might seem easier to judge someone’s character by meeting them in person, but on the internet, it’s hard to tell when someone’s intentions are not pure. Think about it. Online scammers can hide the expression on their faces, take as long as they want to reply to get their words perfect and make someone feel like they are honest. Your loved one may be more trusting, much like many other seniors who fall for scams. Seniors are also targeted with these scams because they worry about their credit, which is a common technique for scammers.
Urge your loved one not to trust everyone over the internet, especially someone wanting to gain access to their computer to “repair” it. Many times, scammers will attempt to pose as a technical support specialist in an attempt to steal passwords or access files on your loved one’s computer. Remind them never to trust a link sent to them by someone they don’t know. The link can take your loved one to a website that may look legitimate but is putting them at risk for online scams.
One of the most common reasons seniors start accessing the internet more often is for social networking so they can stay in touch with friends, family, or business associates. Make sure they set up a secure password to prevent their information from being accessed. Remind your loved one anything they share online can be seen or recorded. Inform your loved one on what to look out for and to never accept requests from someone they don’t know, especially if the account looks fake.
Oftentimes, your loved one will run into situations in their life that cause them to possibly release personal information. It’s important to remember the dangers of online scams and practice responsible use of passwords, financial information, and other personal documents on the internet to prevent being taken advantage of. When your loved one is on the look-out for these online scams, it’s much more likely that they’ll be ready to spot one when they see it!
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