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The Latest Scamming Trends: Could You Be a Target?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Safety and security should be top priorities throughout life, this also applies as you get older and move into a senior living campus. Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to protect your finances and identity, but it also makes it easier for thieves to access this information. Learning about the latest scamming trends can help you understand if your online habits are making you a target:

Clicking on Pop-Up Ads

Pop-up ads might seem like they’re offering you something that’s too good to be true—and that’s because it usually is. If you’re visiting a website and a pop-up appears that asks for your credit card information to pay for shipping and handling for a certain product or service, it might be a scam designed to steal your financial information. Only enter your credit card information into websites that you know are secure and you know you can trust.

Opening Email from People You Don’t Know

It’s not uncommon to get emails from people you don’t know, but you should always think twice before opening them. You should also avoid clicking on any links from these emails if you do read them, as the links might contain malware that can infect your computer and steal your information. It’s best to only open emails from people and companies that you know.

Talking to Someone Who Claims Your Computer Has a Virus

Did someone recently call or message you to say that your computer is infected with a virus? Did this person claim to work for a computer or software company? This is one of the latest scams that has been responsible for stealing information and money from people of all ages. These scammers ask to take control of the computer in question so they can fix it, but they really steal information and put malware on the device. If you receive a call or message like this, hang up and contact the company yourself to get the truth.

If you’re interested in finding the right senior apartment located in a fantastic senior living campus, please contact Parkwood Heights Senior Living Community. Give us a call at (315) 986-9100 to learn about our community.