Avoiding Scams on the Internet

According to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 53% percent of adults 65 or older use the internet, whether to do shopping or banking, engage on social media sites or communicate via an email account.

Although the internet provides a valuable source of information, there are unfortunately scammers who specifically target senior citizens. The Center for Internet Security advised that older Americans should be wary of communication that:

  • Offers “Free” gifts, prizes or vacations or claims “You’re a winner!”
  • Offers discount prescription medications or other deals you “can’t miss”.
  • Appears to be from friends or family members, but the message is not written in that person’s style.
  • Appears to be from official government agencies, such as Social Security Administration, or the Internal Revenue Service and requests that you provide personal information.
  • Sets ultimatums such as “your account will be closed,” or “the deal will expire” to trick you into providing personal information.