June 19, 2024

If you haven't talked to your kids about online safety yet, you better get to it because a new study has found more teens fall victim to online scams than senior citizens do each year in Illinois.
When it comes to online behavior I'm pretty sure we've all made the assumption that senior citizens are the ones that usually fall victim to scams, but it turns out that is not quite true.
Yes, a large number of seniors fall victim to scams each year in Illinois, but the number of teens under 20 years old that are too is very concerning.
A new study by Social Catfish found that Illinois is the 7th most-scammed state in the nation with just under 18,000 victims and over $203,000,000 lost to scammers in 2021. What's even more alarming is that the number of people 20 years and younger that have fallen for online scams has grown by over 1100% since 2017! HOLY CRAP!
When you have a surge in tech-savvy people falling for scams each year, it's pretty obvious that the bad guys have figured out how to step up their game to take advantage of tech-dependant residents. Here are the 4 most common scams that target Illinois teens according to Social Catfish's findings:
Now that you know what scammers are up to, make sure you talk to your teens about what they need to be on the lookout for and what they should NEVER click on!
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