Cybersecurity remains a menacing threat resulting in almost $7 billion in losses in 2021. With that much to gain, cybercriminals are laser-focused on finding ways to scam you out of your hard-earned money.
Although the elderly are often the target of fraudsters, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cautions that no is safe. In fact, it reports that cybercrime was up year-over-year in 2021 with the number of cybercrime complaints increasing 7%.
According the FBI, the sharpest rise in cyber-crime focused on the following themes:
- Romance scams
- Phishing, vishing, and smishing (requests by imposters for your personal information)-
- Tech-support fraud
- Scams targeting seniors
Protect yourself, by:
- Never responding to an unknown caller, email or text with sensitive account information, passwords, PIN, or Social Security number
- Never clicking on a link from an unknown source
- Installing antivirus and anti-malware programs and schedule regular scans
- Setting your spam to stop phishing emails from reaching your inbox
- Keeping your software up to date
- Requiring multi-factor authentication