The most substantial victims of tech support scams probably aren't who you'd expect—they're young users. A new report from Microsoft found that users age 18-34, sometimes referred to as millennials, are more likely to follow through on a tech support scam and more likely to lose money in the process.
This flies in the face of one of the prevalent stereotypes that older users are more likely to be taken advantage of through cold calls, unsolicited emails, or pop-up ads. Users age 25-34 were the most likely to continue with a tech support scam and lose money, with 18% claiming they had been financially impacted. Secondly, 13% of 18-24 year-old users reported that they had lost money through a tech support scam.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, only 3% of users who listed their age as 55-65, or users who listed their age as 66+ years old, had lost money by continuing with a scam. That number was 5% for 45-54 year-old users, and 11% for users aged 35-44.
Read more here: www.techrepublic.com/article/millennials-most-likely-to-lose-money-from-tech-support-scams-says-microsoft/