What a New Study Found About Elderly People Being Scammed Online

Too ashamed to admit you’ve been scammed? You’re not alone. A new study found that 36% of elderly people (those aged 65 and over) who’ve been scammed are too embarrassed to talk about what happened. Being scammed is disheartening, and can make you feel isolated from the tech-driven world around you. But staying silent only makes things worse–the study stresses that not talking about being scammed inevitably leads to non-reporting and increased crime rates. Keep reading to learn how to combat this issue and how to stay safe!

Nobody wants to feel like they’ve been tricked, but there’s no shame in admitting it. In fact, admitting it can not only do you some good, but also increase the knowledge of people around you, resulting in greater crime prevention. If you fall victim to a scam, don’t blame or berate yourself too harshly. Instead, learn from the experience, and remember to exert more caution in the future. Here at FixMeStick, we believe in giving you the skills to identify a scam when you see one. Here are a few tips that will help you do just that:

  1. Be aware of all the latest scams. Use your resources, like the FixMeStick blog, to stay up on the scams and data breaches circulating the web.
  2. Keep an eye out for typos. Email scams will masquerade as legitimate companies, like financial institutions or government sectors. But don’t be fooled: the quality of the email needs to match the quality of the company. If there are typos or badly phrased sentences, it’s likely a scam.
  3. Always make sure you’re visiting credible websites. Websites that begin with https:// rather than http://, are more secure and reliable.
  4. Use a strong antivirus with a firewall feature. McAfee Total Protection shields your computer from threats in real time while you’re online, and the firewall feature acts as a safe-search tool in case of typos or other mistakes that can get you into trouble.

What to do if you’ve been scammed:

  1. Run a FixMeStick scan right away. Make sure your files are safe by running a scan.
  2. Change all your passwords. Downloading a password manager will ensure you create strong and unique passwords for every website you use on the regular. FixMeStick customers can try Dashlane for free, it is a premium password manager that guarantees you will never need to remember a password again. Click here to try it!
  3. Get a VPN to protect yourself online. Virtual Private Networks encrypt your searches, so if you’re connected your online traffic must pass through that server before it loads on your device. This way, even if someone accesses your browsing history, it’ll be encrypted making it harder to read so your browsing activity stays private.

Don’t be afraid to speak out. If you’re too embarrassed to talk to your loved ones about being scammed, contact us. We’re here to listen.