Scam Jam - Teaching Seniors How To Avoid Being a Victim Of Fraud

A new identity fraud victim was hit every two seconds in America in 2013, according to a Javelin Strategy & Research Fraud Study.

AARP and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson teamed up to teach seniors in our area how to protect themselves against all types of fraud.

AARP recently did a study of internet users to create a profile of someone who is most likely to become a victim of internet fraud.

The study revealed that that average age of an internet fraud victim is 48.

The data also shows that lottery sweepstake and investment fraud all target seniors specifically.

Today specialists taught seniors how to avoid becoming that victim.

They focused on monitoring all online accounts and say it is important to change their password regularly.  

Doug Shadel the state director for AARP Washington said the study also shows that there are some major differences between people of all ages who fall for scams and people who don't.

"Victims are much more likely to click on pop-ups, they are much more likely to answer emails from unknown senders, and much more likely to sign up for free trial offers," Shadel said. "Perhaps the most significant thing is that they are also more likely to have a negative life event like an illness, loss of a job, feeling of isolation."

Shadel said it is hard to get an exact number of people who fall victim to fraud because a lot of them are too embarrassed to report it.

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