According to a Pew Research Center 2017 report, 67% of adults aged 65 or older use the internet. Fraudulent scammers know this, too, and unfortunately retirees are often their targets. Here are five ways to stay safe online:
- Don’t share private information on social media. If needed, a friend or family member can help you make sure your privacy settings on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are prohibiting strangers from seeing your posts.
- Never send money to someone you don’t know. Be especially wary if they’re also asking for your Social Security, driver’s license, or credit card numbers.
- Use antivirus software. A scammer would love to exploit your computer’s or tablet’s security lapses to steal information about you. Antivirus software helps keep your computer protected and can alert you to a possible security breach.
- Use common sense. When a message pops up that says you’ve won a million dollars that you can claim when you send in some private information, it is too good to be true!
- Learn to spot fraud. Sign up to receive emails from the Colorado Attorney General’s office on current scams, and to report fraud, by visiting stopfraudcolorado.org. Another helpful resource is AARP’s Fraud Watch Network at aarp.org/money/scams-fraud.