Who’s most likely to fall for tech scams? You might be surprised

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When it comes to at least one popular category of tech scams, the most vulnerable age group is not the one you might expect.

A new survey from Microsoft and Ipsos, a survey-based research group, shows that tech support scams snare young people far more often than baby boomers.

According to CBS News, the impact of these scams are significant.

“One out of five people surveyed admitted they did not immediately recognize a tech support scam when they encountered one, and continued their interaction, meaning they clicked on a link, visited a malicious website, downloaded software, gave the scammers remote access to their device, or provided credit card information or other payments to strangers.”

Eleven percent also “opted out before they lost money, while 9 percent admitted they did lose money to scammers.”

When researchers controlled for exposure levels, they discovered Millennials are far worse than older people when it comes to spotting Internet tricks.

The finding will surprise many; popular assumption is that older Americans aren’t as well-versed in technology and therefore more likely to fall for a scam.

But, according to the research, of those “who were exposed to tech support scams, more than a third of those between the ages of 18 and 24, and 43 percent of those ages 25 to 34, fell victim to scammers.”

Older customers though, seemed more guarded and cautious. Among those ages 55 to 65, just 16 percent of those exposed to tech support scams fell victim. Those older did even better in avoiding trouble.

Tech support scams including a variety of fraud: unsolicited phone calls, unsolicited emails, pop-up ads and website re-directs.