Online scammers target seniors during tax season

Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:04 PM EST
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Officials report that over two-thirds of U.S. seniors have been victim or target of at least one common online scam or hack.

To help seniors better understand how to protect themselves from being scanned, the Home Instead Senior Care network collaborated with the National Cyber Security Alliance to launch a new public education program called Protect Seniors Online.

In the midst of tax season, organizers said the program aims to help seniors understand their risks online and take the right steps to protect themselves. The program offers free resources and tips to help seniors understand how scammers work, get familiar with the common senior scams, and give proactive steps seniors and caregivers can take for protection. It also offers an online quiz "Can You Spot an Online Scam?" to test cyber security knowledge.

"For seniors, this is a time in their lives when they should be able to trust that their life's earnings are protected," said Amy Hull, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care.

A few steps to take for protection are strong passwords, think before you act, and use security software.

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