While it looks like senior citizens are often a target for cybercriminals, the truth is, bad guys are randomly looking for people they could scam online. Cybercriminals do not discriminate based on race, religion, nationality, color, gender, sexual orientation, social class, economic status, disability, or age. Scammers do not care if you’re young or old. As long as you do not take good care of your online accounts, expect that someone will attempt to steal these accounts from you.
Many senior citizens have become victims of cybercrime because, by nature, they are trusting, polite, and, most of the time, longing for someone to be with them. Unfortunately, cybercriminals exploit this goodness in our parents and grandparents. This trusting nature coupled with the cybercriminals’ manipulative and skillful phishing techniques could spell disaster for the seniors and us. Being a victim of cybercrime is like having the COVID-19. Once infected, it is not only the seniors who could be affected but also the people close to them. These are the people they regularly engaged with on social media — family, friends, and relatives.
If you have seniors at home who regularly use the internet, you need to guide and remind them that, like in real life, ordinary users have become the target of cybercriminals. Internet users get daily threats and attacks that sometimes they don’t know that their accounts have already been compromised.