Stephen: Study suggests young people are more susceptible to scams

Published on April 29th, 2022 @ 5:34 PM


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Have you ever fallen for a scam? Results from a two new studies suggest that people from younger generations are just as or even more susceptible to scams than older age groups are. One study by the Local Government Association in the UK found that people ages 16 to 34 were more likely to be scammed (via calls and texts), and that the age group accounts for over half of the scams experienced in the country.

Also, a report released last week from Visa and the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics showed that people ages 18 to 34 in the UK are almost twice as likely to be scam victims as those ages 55+. They also found that 23 percent of young people are unlikely to check scam messages for spelling or grammar mistakes, and 29 percent are “unlikely to consider how persuasive the language is.” A UK Finance spokesperson says that younger people can be more susceptible to some types of fraud due to how criminals target people, including through text, WhatsApp and email, and that younger people are more likely to share personal information online, which can make them easier to target.

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