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When does being older give you an advantage besides a discount at Denny’s?  When it comes to being targeted by hackers.  A recent UK study shows people in the UK aged 30 years, or younger, are the most targeted by hackers for identity fraud.  In 2015, there was a 52% increase in fraud for victims aged 30 or younger, according to Cifas, a UK fraud prevention service.


The report showed that:

  • Only 34 per cent of 18-24 year olds say they learned about online security when they were at school
  • 50 per cent of the 18-24 year olds surveyed believe they would never fall for an online scam (compared to the national average of 37 per cent)
  • Only 57 per cent of 18-24 year olds report thinking about how secure their personal details are online (compared to 73 per cent for the population as a whole)
  • Adults aged 18-24 years are less likely to install anti-virus software on their mobile phone than the national average (27 per cent compared to 37 per cent)


With 86% of identity fraud in the UK for 2015 committed online, Cifas’ data shows that young people are the most exposed to losing personal data such as their name, date of birth, address and bank account info through social media.  To highlight the problem, they even published a short video about it which can be found here.  Using a black van in the video adds to the creepiness. </shudder>.  Some additional insight and info can be found here.