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Digital scams and senior citizens

According to a 2015 FBI report, California leads the nation in cybercrimes. Nearly 15% of the approximately 300,000 cyber crimes affected the state and accounted for $195 million in losses.

Seniors residing in the Golden State and throughout the country are popular targets of digital criminal activity. They were born in a generation where one computer filled an entire room. Advances in technology from personal computers in homes to mobile devices on the go have only increased the struggle to catch up with younger generations.

Seniors Becoming A Growing Target Of Cyber Crimes

With growing sophistication, cyber criminals take advantage of seniors’ lack of tech savvy combined with the vulnerabilities that come with advancing age. Their exploitation starts with targeting zip codes of retirement communities and other areas where there is a concentration of older and retired people.

Cyber crimes against seniors can take many forms and include:

  • Texts from the “Social Security Administration” to gain personal information
  • False claims that a vacationing grandchild needs money for an emergency or fine
  • Tech support scams from a caller claiming to work for Microsoft Tech
  • Telephone requests for tax information
  • “Free check” offers
  • Warrants for arrest

While common sense should prevail, the easiest way to avoid being victimized is to hang up the phone and beef up security on a computer network. While firewalls and complex passwords can be effective, the advent of in-home smart devices exposes victims to more serious and dangerous crimes. Hacked security systems, garage door openers and other mobile-operated gadgets pose not only virtual risks, but also physical dangers.

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