“While scammers often target the elderly, they target children as well. It’s important that all family members know how to spot and stop a scam. And Thanksgiving is a great time to talk about the different types of scams your family may encounter.”
Voskuhl says it’s important to monitor the online activity of young children to protect them from child identity fraud scams.
“The growth in social media and time spent online, plus the increasing reliance on digital transactions, has added to the risks for kids. Losses tied to child ID fraud reached $680 million last year. Monitoring kids’ online behavior is extremely important, particularly when they are very young.”
However, Voskuhl adds, it’s important to know that no one, rural or urban, young or old, is immune to scams.
“Criminals are constantly refining their tactics to capitalize on exploiting as many consumers as they can, leaving no one behind. Factors such as age, income, and education level do not concern a cybercriminal who is selecting the next target for identity fraud. No one is off-limits.”