We’ve all been there — you take a proofreading job to pay the rent and it turns out to be a money-laundering gig for some Ukrainian terrorists.
You get invited to an interview at a coffee shop, and you’re like, “hey, they’re out of state,” but then they mention that this isn’t a job, but a “wonderful opportunity,” and you realize it’s a pyramid scheme. And don’t get me started on whomever keeps stalking me on LinkedIn.
Anyway, it turns out you’re not alone, and it’s not just an isolated group. In fact, a recent study revealed millennials are victimized by tech scams more often than their elders… and we’re not just talking the Nigerian Prince scam here.
A joint study between Ipsos Public Affairs, which is a technological survey-based research group, and Microsoft surveyed 1,000 adults from 12 countries to come to this conclusion. At first, things don’t seem too hopeless. Only twenty percent fell for a tech scam, and less than half actually lost money. Americans were not the ones keeping the score low, however, as nearly a third of Americans fell for the scam and nearly a quarter lost money.
The elderly, which is 66 and over by the rules of the study, proved to be less likely to fall for the scams, with only a little over ten percent succumbing to those dastardly techies. What’s more, only three percent of elderly participants lost their money. The real meat and potatoes of the study showed that younger millennials (18-24) were more likely to be victimized than the older millennials (25-34).
Remember, Microsoft does not care about you or your sorry life, nor will they ever call you. Just don’t give them your money. And if those rats who keep stalking me on LinkedIn are reading this, just email me, already. But even if you do have information on my family in Canada, I’m still not sending you money.