Here's how it breaks down by age, according to the FTC:
19 and under: 2%
20 to 29 years old: 15%
30 to 39: 17%
40 to 49: 19%
50 to 59: 20%
60 to 69: 16%
70 and older: 11%
- Older consumers may have caregivers on the premises. That gives unscrupulous caregivers easy access to personal data.
- Seniors are more likely to use landline telephones than other Americans. I.D. fraud artists know this and target older consumers via the phone.
- Seniors are the most pervasive users of the health care system, they are more prone to health care security breaches.
- Americans 65 and older carry a Medicare card bearing a Social Security number, a wide-open gateway to identity fraud. (I.D. thieves aren't even above stealing the identities of the dead and using their Social Security numbers to commit financial fraud.)
- Older U.S. adults travel a lot, especially in retirement. Unsecured Wi-Fi access, wide-open ATM usage and resort staff who may take advantage of older travelers are all common dangers when traveling.
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