‘Tech-Savvy’ Gen Z Still Vulnerable to Internet Scammers
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People under the age of 20 lost $101.4 million to online scams in 2021, according to a recent study from cybersecurity startup Social Catfish, which cited figures from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Report.
That’s compared with just $8.3 million in 2017, marking a nearly 1,126% increase in just four years — larger than any other age group in that same period.
“That was actually super surprising for us to find out,” David McClellan, Social Catfish’s founder and CEO, tells CNBC Make It. …
McClellan says today’s kids face a unique disadvantage: Their tech and social media aptitude could make them overconfident when identifying scammers online.
“As these kids have grown up, they’ve been the ones teaching their parents how to use their iPhone [or] teaching their grandparents how to use a computer,” McClellan says. “So they’re very confident with their skills online — and, like, overly confident.” …
[For] people growing up using apps like Instagram and TikTok, it can seem totally normal to engage with people they don’t know online. That can make it easier for scammers to win their trust and mislead or extort them. …
Teaching young people about the types of scams that are prevalent — along with basic rules, like not sharing their personal information with strangers or clicking on suspicious links — can go a long way toward ensuring that their comfort with technology and online communities doesn’t end up being used against them, McClellan argues. …
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(Excerpt from CNBC. Photo Credit: Canva)
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