Even with the advancement of technology, it seems that age isn’t just a number and it may bring wisdom too after all. Just recently, a study is conducted and suggested that older generations or old folks aren’t falling for tech support scams like how we’d imagine – but younger generations; their grandchildren are. Millennials or the so called tech-savvy caricatures as depicted by the media, are actually somewhat naive when it comes to technology – calls, emails or popup ads claiming to offer tech support or even prizes, but delivering none other then scams only.

The information gathered is from a collective study between Ipsos Public Affairs, a technological survey-based research group and Microsoft. A total of 1,000 adults from 12 countries were surveyed and asked about their experiences with tech-support scams, and other related issues, especially those claiming to be a Microsoft representative.

Millennials Are More Likely To Fall for Tech Scams Than Their Grandparents Girl With Phone
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Surprisingly, the results garnered after the survey was actually encouraging. On a comprehensive scale, around 20 percent of the participants took the scams seriously, and only nine percent had actually lost money to them. However, the results in the United States turned out to be a bit worse; 33 percent of the respondents fell for scams and a whopping 21 percent saw their hard-earned cash go down the drain.

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The surprising part of this is that the age breakdown is not exactly what you had in mind. It turns out that, much to the surprise to everyone, younger users were actually falling for scams more than their older counterparts. The study shows that 27 percent from the 18-24 demographic fell for scams and 13 percent of them parted with their cash. A mind-boggling 32 percent; approximately one-third of the 25-34 age group fell for a scam; 18 percent lost cash.

Moving on to their older counterparts at the age of 66 and above – where most of you would think have the highest number of fraud, given that elderly folks tend to fall for scams and tricks much easier – which is true at a point. While old folks often encounter all kinds of scams at around the same rates as their younger generation, only 11 percent of them fall for it, and shockingly only 3 percent of them actually paid for the scams.

At the very least, the good news is that the number of fraud cases recorded are still relatively small, and actually even fewer had actually paid them. Nonetheless, you’re better off safe than sorry by keeping an antivirus program active on your devices, and most importantly, ignore links embedded in strange emails or on social medias. And remember, Microsoft or any big corporations will never call you first AND – there won’t be a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

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