ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) When you think about scams, you usually think the most likely victims are seniors. But, that's not exactly the case. Seniors tend to have the largest losses, but in terms of numbers of victims, the millennials have the seniors beat.
“I think part of that is they've always had a device. They've always been online and they don't even think about what information they're entering when they do that survey that pops up on Facebook or the Internet or when they enter their personal information,” said Julie Wheeler, president of the Better Business Bureau serving western Virginia.
And when it comes to that personal information, Julie says stop storing it on sites. Let's face it, we're all guilty of it. Because who really wants to keep getting out their credit card and typing in all that information to buy something on Amazon, when you can just save it on their site. Julie says that's all well and good until the day their site gets hacked.
So just take the extra time and get out your card.
Another thing you can do to help protect your personal information is setting up something called two factor authentication. It's really simple to do and found on many social media sites.
For instance, Facebook has this feature built in. Basically a code can be sent to your phone anytime an attempt is made to log into your account from another mobile device or web browser. The code must be used in order to get access into the account.
“That is a great way to protect yourself because now even if they have your login and password, they can't get into your account unless they also have your phone,” Julie said.