Try listening to your elders for a change.
Know-it-all Gen Zers are a whopping 3 times more prone to fall prey to online scams than their boomer grandparents, experts are warning.
Often heard boasting about being raised on the web, the younger generation is increasingly unsafe there, with the FBI reporting a 2,000 percent increase in losses as a result of scams affecting those under 20 years of age — jumping from an estimated $8.2 million in 2017 to $210 million in 2022.
Born anywhere between the tip of the Nineties and the early 2010s, Gen Z digital natives are said to be easy prey for bad actors, who make the most of their love of social media and online shopping, MLive first reported.
In response to the Michigan Department of Attorney General, the younger set is being bombarded with phishing emails and ads from fake websites targeted to their likes and desires.
In response to a 2022 report from the National Cybersecurity Alliance, they’re steadily falling prey to identity theft, account hacking and romance scams, too — once more, in numbers well ahead of the olds.
Michigan’s Attorney General also warned of phony job offers and guarantees of profession advancement that hinge on the applicant coughing up dough for mandatory training or equipment — something an actual employer wouldn’t do.
The AG’s office warned younger users to take online security more seriously as well, citing that Gen Zers rarely use two-factor authentification on apps — this and a habit of reusing passwords leaves them more vulnerable to scams, they said.
A survey conducted by Deloitte, first reported on by Vox, showed that Gen Z was twice as likely as a boomer to have their social accounts hacked — 17 percent in comparison with 8 percent. Also, 14 percent of Gen Zers pollled admitted that sharing their location information on posts had led to misuse.