Think It's Seniors That Fall For Phone Scams? It's Actually Mainly Young People

Millennials may want to think twice the next time they roll their eyes at the perceived technological ineptitude of their elders.

A recent study suggests millennials fall for tech support scams more than their grandparents do.

This arguably surprising news comes from a joint study between technological survey-based research group Ipsos Public Affairs and Microsoft.

Ipsos surveyed 1,000 adults from 12 countries about their experiences with calls, emails or popup ads fraudulently claiming to offer tech support – especially those claiming to represent Microsoft.

Globally, only 20 percent of those surveyed said they’d taken the scams seriously, and only nine percent lost money to them. The results were a little grimmer in the United States, where 33 percent fell victim to scams and 21 percent lost money.

The most intriguing part of the study, however, is its age breakdown. In the 18-24 year old demographic, 27 percent fell for a scam and 13 percent lost money. In the 25-34 year old category, 32 percent fell for a scam and 18 percent lost money.

But those in the 66-plus demographic only heard out scam artists 11 percent of the time and gave in a mere three percent of the time.

Perhaps these results will translate to a little more patience with Grandma next time she asks for a FaceTime tutorial.

h/t LiveScience


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