The internet is a powerful tool for seniors who want to stay connected with their loved ones and continue learning. It’s also a convenient place for scammers to commit fraud, especially against older adults.
Whether from identity theft or malicious software hacks, there are ways seniors can prevent themselves from becoming a target.
- Avoid Responding to Unfamiliar Emails. Scams come in many forms, but email is a primary method for scammers to connect with unsuspecting victims. Never respond to an email that asks for personal information like your address, phone number, or credit card information. Instead contact the company or vendor directly.
- Practice Safe Web Browsing. Be aware of what and where you click while visiting a website. One careless click can lead to a popup ad that could potentially cause harm to a computer’s hard drive. Also, look at the website’s address for misspellings or illegitimate naming.
- Avoid FREE Gifts. If the deal seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Scammers create these types of emails or ads, and vacations, prizes and giveaways are typically bait-and-switch tactics aimed at accessing personal information.
At Shell Point, residents have access to a Technical Support Services team that provide a variety of services to help alleviate any frustration that can be associated with the ever-evolving arena of computers and technology.