Fulton county deputy chief information officer, Nicole Keaton-Hart ran workshops which taught local seniors how to detect cons online. She believes the seniors are the easiest targets for cybercrime scams.
Keaton-Hart said, “Seniors are viewed as being caring and compassionate. If they can play on those emotions too, then it’s certainly another avenue to target them. Better of half of the participants (in the workshops) had some sort of the social media scam or phishing scam or had been a target of a scam.”
These workshops teach the significance of thinking before clicking and how to use social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook in a safe manner.
She also said, “We really focused on stopping, taking a minute to think about and then understanding whether the context of the request even makes sense. That’s really looking at, ‘Why should I do this?’”
She also said that if seniors are dealing with online scams they should talk through it with someone or visit Stop.Think.Connect’s website.