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Scam Victims: Why Some Are More Likely To Get Conned

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25 million people. That's how many of us are affected by fraud according to the Federal Trade Commission.

A new AARP study shows certain behaviors and life experiences put us more at risk of being conned.

Here are the top seven things that put you at risk of getting scammed online.

Number 7: Clicking on pop-up Ads

Computer experts say the ads have been known to install computer malware. And AARP finds 26 percent of victims clicked compared to 10 percent of non-victims.

Number 6: Acting Impulsively

AARP says victims scored higher on signing up for things like free trial offers and downloading apps... before reading the fine print or seeing what private information is required.

Number 5: Selling Products Online

Victims are three times as likely to sell products online as non-victims... Exposing them to scammers posing as buyers. Police say be especially careful on sites like Craigslist.

Number 4: Feeling Financially Vulnerable

AARP found life experiences like the loss of a job or being in debt puts you at greater risk of scams. The report shows the likelihood for someone to fall victim doubles when they run into financial trouble.

Number 3: Assuming Bank Emails Are Legit

AARP says 2 out of 3 victims believe banks send emails to verify personal information. That's compared with just a third of non-victims. Banks say email is never used for that purpose.

Number 2: Posting Personal Information

Freely giving up your birth date and hometown on sites like Facebook give scammers more ammunition, putting you at risk of ID Theft.

Number 1: Opening Email From Unknown Sources

In this case, curiosity can put you at risk. Victims tell AARP they were more likely to open these emails, and click on links inside.

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