Seniors at risk for online scams

As recent data breaches make headlines and with tax season fast approaching, seniors are at risk for online scams and fraud.

According to a Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) study, 64 per cent of Canadian seniors have been the victim or target of at least one common online scam or hack. The perceived accumulation of pensioner wealth and the increased internet use by seniors, especially to file their taxes, combined with the fact that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to embarrassment, makes them prime targets for online scams.

According to experts at Public Safety Canada, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau, the five hottest cyber frauds that older adults need to avoid include tech support scams, tax scams, ransomware, fake debt collectors and sweepstakes scams.

To help seniors better understand their risks online, HISC created Protect Seniors Online. The website offers dozens of tips and best practices for cyber security for older adults. There’s even a 10-question quiz to see if you can spot an online scam.

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