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Millennial Scams

By Scam Awareness | July 15, 2016

Calling all millennials: think your affinity for technology makes you immune to scams? Think again! A recent Forbes article shows millennials can actually be the target of some very sophisticated scams. Here are a few examples:

  • Robocalls: Have you ever received a call from an unrecognized U.S. number that only rings once, prompting you to call or text back? If so, you may have been the victim of a "robocall." Using "robocalls," scammers are able to find out if a phone number is a live line. Responding to one of these calls lets the scammer know that your number is active and encourages them to keep calling. If you receive a call that you believe to be a scam, hang up and register your cell phone number on the Do Not Call Registry.
  • LinkedIn Scams: Home to students and young professionals eager to advance their careers, LinkedIn can often breed scams in the form of illegitimate recruitment messages. Be wary of unsolicited emails by doing your research, investigating the sender's LinkedIn profile and looking the person's name up on Google. If you believe you have received a scam LinkedIn message, report the account.
  • Wi-Fi Scams: As a generation that is constantly on the go, millennials frequently connect to public Wi-Fi networks using their mobile devices. While connected to public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or at a mall, for example, be careful not to access personal records such as logging into your bank account or making online purchases while on these networks. Giving out personal information on an open network can leave you vulnerable to fraud.  

When you're surfing the web or using your smartphones, keep these life hacks in mind and stay safe!

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