There appears to be more scams to watch out for than ever, as criminals have sought to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and capitalise on the confusion it has caused. A leading online security expert has warned older people to look out for phishing emails and other scams looking to catch them out.

According to research by McAfee, over a third (35 percent) of over 65s have experienced an email scam, compared to 23 percent of the wider population.

Kevin Brown at BT Security spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk and advised pensioners on the warning signs to look out for when trying to spot a scammer.

He said: “Although anyone can fall foul to online fraud, scammers often target elderly people who may be more vulnerable. This has only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as cybercriminals have preyed on older internet users’ fear and insecurity during this challenging time.

“Getting online can make life easier and open up lots of opportunities for older people though, so the risk of scams shouldn’t deter them – they just need to be cautious. The most important thing when using the internet is knowing the different types of threats to look out for and what to do if you suspect a scam.

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“Getting online can make life easier and open up lots of opportunities for older people though, so the risk of scams shouldn’t deter them – they just need to be cautious. The most important thing when…

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