Do you know how many cases of identity theft start with an email address?If you don’t use strong passwords a thief will often be able to hack into your email once they know a few basic bits of information about you, by using the password recovery process that most email systems provide.
I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t give them your bank details either.
If you wouldn’t do either of those things in the real world, then you’re going to find it easy to stay safe online, just as long as you understand how “common sense” rules from the real world translate to the world of online dating.
Unfortunately, if you are a senior, or even just over 50, then you need to be even more careful.
Statistics show that seniors are not only more likely to have fallen for an online scam, they are more likely to be targeted, and when they lose money, they lose more than their younger peers.
Not only does one report after another highlight how many people are being duped by scammers every year, but we’ve had many members of Stitch tell us their stories about how they’ve lost money themselves.
My favourite story is that of Maria*, one of our members lost close to ,000 to a scammer from Ghana.One last word before I launch into our guidance: it’s worth highlighting that there are, broadly speaking, two different types of risks you face when it comes to online dating: While both types of risks are a concern, when it comes to members of Stitch (i.e.people over 50), the greatest risk BY FAR is the online threat.Once they have your email address, the next step is to use it to get the login to more important information, such as your bank account.The same goes for address information, social security numbers, postal addresses, etc.You see, after being stung, she was so upset that she went back to night school and trained as a private investigator. You guessed it: cyber-security, with a focus on fighting scammers.