Online dangers for the older, less digitally literate population

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego-based nonprofit with a national and international reputation for providing life-changing services to seniors living in poverty is highlighting the online dangers for older, less digitally literate, lonelier, and importantly, more susceptible to scams and fake news.

Serving Seniors CEO Paul Downey stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the online dangers senior citizens may encounter.

Advice from Serving Seniors:

• Don’t ever give your social security number, bank, credit card, or other personal information online to anyone who has asked for it unsolicited. Banks and other reputable institutions would never ask for this information without you approaching them first.
• Do remember that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
• Don’t assume that someone is who they say they are online.
• Do remember: every time you like a post on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media page, it tells advertisers more about you. That often means they can target you with tabloid-esque, sensational, and fake stories that they know will get a rise out of you. They make money off of it!
• Don’t assume your political side of the aisle is immune to fake news. Lots of companies make money off of manufacturing fake or sensationalized stories (sort of like supermarket checkout tabloids), and they don’t discriminate – they make up stories that target both liberal and conservatives.
• Do take advantage of free digital literacy classes offered by your local library, community center, or even technology vendors like the Apple Store, so you can learn how to use your devices.

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