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Not Elders, Young People are More Likely to Get Scammed Online

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Not Elders, Young People are More Likely to Get Scammed Online


We often imagine that the victims of scams are older people, who are less internet savvy. But this may not be the case. A new study reveals that a quarter of Britons aged 18 to 34 are not sufficiently suspicious of fraudulent e-mails and text messages. Scams can seem easy to spot, especially if you know how to recognize them. And the first clue is spelling mistakes. Messages intended to extract money or confidential information from users are often riddled with spelling errors. However, typos do not arouse the suspicion of young Britons, as Visa and the Institute for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University found in a report on online fraud.

The two organizations analyzed 155 emails and SMS in which scammers pretend to be a trusted third party such as a bank, an administration or an e-commerce site. This technique, known as “phishing,” aims to encourage consumers to provide their personal data.

Fraudsters are not lacking in imagination when it comes to obtaining this information. They often invite the victims to click on a link (87% of cases) or to solve a “problem” by modifying, for example, the delivery time of a package (72%). Some also try to lure users in with unique promotional offers (32%).

And it seems that British people between the ages of 18 and 34 can easily be fooled by these fraudulent messages. In fact, a quarter of them are not able to recognize such messages. Meanwhile, perhaps surprisingly, only 11% of respondents aged 55+ fall for the scam. This is…

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