Millennials or Boomers: Who Is More Likely to Get Scammed Online?

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Playing Millennials are Scammed More Than Senior Citizens?

When it comes to getting scammed online, who is more likely to have it happen to them, millennials or boomers? The Doctors share the surprising answer!

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According to new information from The Federal Trade Commission, young people are 3 times more likely to fall victim to an online scam than seniors. So why is the generation who grew up online getting taken advantage of more?

The panel feels as though it may be due to the amount of time spent online and young people might be more willing to share personal information, making it easier to get scammed. 

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Internet fraud and scam investigator Christine Durst shares tips on what to do (and not do) in order to avoid getting scammed, which include:

  • Never share credit card or financial information if someone asks for it via email, chat, or text
  • Be wary of anyone asking you to purchase them gifts cards or asking to wire money to them
  • Never share information when someone calls saying they are from the IRS or law enforcement
  • Be wary of any online quiz or form asking for personal details or asking for password or security question information 

The Doctors also note the IRS will not call to ask for money and will send a letter.

 

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