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How to Detect a Scam

For older adults, the internet and the phone offer criminals the opportunity to infiltrate their personal and private information. More times than not, these criminals do so with the hope of gaining access to sensitive financial information.

It’s important for older adults to stay cognizant when handling their finances on the web. As social distancing continues to be recommended, more of us are using mobile and desktop applications, including financial technology, for daily activities.

Banking online may be new to some, and that is why taking a safety-first approach is important for tackling everyday tasks while safeguarding your information.

These four lessons will teach you how to detect and protect yourself from a scam:

  • Get Started

    Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a short introductory video about how to detect a scam.

    Once you finish the video, you can begin this workshop by clicking on Lesson 1.

  • Track Your Progress

    As you move through each lesson, a red progress bar on the right will tell you how much of the content you have completed. You can use the up or down arrows on the red bar to jump between sections within a lesson.

  • Test
    Yourself

    At the end of each lesson, be sure to take the brief quiz at the bottom of the page. Each quiz has three basic questions designed to summarize the material. Use the “Next” button to advance to a lesson.

Scams Cost Older Adults Millions

According to the FTC in 2019, people over 50 reported $631 million lost to frauds and scams.

Don’t Be Deceived by Government Imposters

In 2019, imposter scams were the top reported complaint by people over 50.

So how do you spot a scam?

WATCH: Learn how to detect a scam so you can protect yourself and others.

Let's Get Started!

The four lessons in this workshop can help you learn how to detect and protect yourself from a scam. Begin Lesson One
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