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AARP Offers Online 'FraudWatch' Site
Posted on: 03/06/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
A new AARP study identifies an online victim profile based on 15 key behaviors and life experiences that increase a personís vulnerability to online fraud.
 
AARP project director Nicole Ware the study found that more than one million Internet users in Ohio may be at high risk of being victimized...
 
"Clicking on pop-up ads for things like weight-loss or money making opportunities; being impulsive, making purchasing decisions while youíre in an altered or emotional state of mind; feelings of isolation or loneliness, and just being cautious about how you use your personal information over the Internet."
 
Yes, suprisingly, Wareís project found that a personís stress level - from such things as the loss of a job, concerns about debt, or feeling alone - can put a person at greater risk of being scammed. Yes, s

The Federal Trade Commission has reported that online scams doubled over a three-year period. And Ware says nationally, an estimated $20 billion was stolen from 13 million victims in 2012.  
 
She says more of us are vulnerable to online ripoffs than we think...
 
"While they may not think it may not happen to them, about two-thirds of all Ohio adults that access the Internet have received at least one online fraud offer in 2013."
 
Ware says Ohioans can protect themselves and others through a free AARP service.
Visitors to aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork can share information about scams they've encountered, and sign up for 'fraud watch' alerts.  
 
Also, there are free browser applications available that will block those unwanted and often shady ads and pop-ups. Go to a reputable technology site such as cnet.com and search for free, popular ad blockers.
 
 
Information from Ohio News Service
 
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