SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Scammers are always trying to get their hands on your information and your money. There is one segment of the population they seem to target more than others.
In this week's 'Don't be a Victim' report, we spoke to a cybersecurity expert about why it's so important for seniors to be on guard.
"It's the kids and the senior citizens who make up about 90 percent of the people who get it," Michael Kaplan said.
Michael Kaplan is a cybersecurity instructor. We caught up with him as he gave seniors an important lesson at the JEA in Savannah.
"Every two seconds, somebody else is getting hit by identity theft."
"Giving them ways to spot malicious e-mails, phishing scams, getting rid of some of the misconceptions and just giving them some tips so that they are safe. They are a very vulnerable section of the population," Kaplan said.
One in 10 seniors will typically experience some kind of fraud each year, with criminals trying to get information any way they can.
"Most of them are going to be over the phone. Others are fraudulent ways to steal information: duplicating sites that they would normally go to, asking for follow-up surveys, and basically getting their personally identifiable information, dropping a virus and then capturing all their personal information to go clean out accounts," Kaplan said.
Some advice that can keep you from becoming a victim online includes using antivirus software, not using the same or obvious passwords, and not sending financial information through e-mail. Also, make sure your wireless network is protected.
"And there are those cues, there are those things; you don't need to be a technical expert, you just need to be more aware. You need to be aware of these and more aware of your environment, and if you pay attention, you can stay ahead of the game," Kaplan said.
Don't be a victim.