SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Senior Center Offers Tips To Avoid Internet Scams

Below is an announcement from the latest Wilmington Senior Center’s Buzzell Buzz newsletter:

WILMINGTON, MA — The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams. You should just hang up on any call you’re uncertain of and ignore any suspicious emails. Many scammers pose as federal agents or other law enforcement using fear tactics to get what they want.

In each upcoming newsletter we are going to go into detail about one of the 6 most common scams; Grandparent Scam, Sweepstakes scam, Home Improvement Scam, Telemarketer Scam, Internet Scams, and Charity Scams. Last month we learned about the Home Improvement Scam. This month, we are going to learn about Internet Scams.

Internet Scams: There are many ways scammers are using technology to take advantage of seniors. Whether it is a special offer via email, attempts to acquire your user name and password via a scheme, or skimming of information while shopping online, there are ways you can be in control and keep your information safe. If you are computer-savvy, keep these tips in mind to keep you information safe:

  • Never click on links in emails unless you are expecting one.
  • Don’t open attachments for special offers.
  • Be careful of free offers over holidays.
  • Watch out for malicious adds and popups.
  • Don’t shop over public wi-fi.
  • Be suspicious of gift card scams—buy from trusted sources.
  • Know what your product costs.
  • Be sure the site is secure. Look for the “lock” icon and “https” on your browser address bar when shopping.
  • Make sure all computer anti-virus, malware, and security software is up to date.
  • Don’t save credit card information online; check out as guest if offered on the site.

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