on pop-up ads for things like weight-loss or money making opportunities;
being impulsive, making purchasing decisions while youíre in an altered or
emotional state of mind; feelings of isolation or loneliness, and just being
cautious about how you use your personal information over the Internet."
Yes, suprisingly, Wareís project found
that a personís stress level - from such things as the loss of a job, concerns
about debt, or feeling alone - can put a person at greater risk of being
scammed. Yes, s
The Federal Trade Commission has
reported that online scams doubled over a three-year period. And Ware says
nationally, an estimated $20 billion was stolen from 13 million victims in
She says more of us are vulnerable to online ripoffs than we think...
"While they may not think it may
not happen to them, about two-thirds of all Ohio adults that access the
Internet have received at least one online fraud offer in 2013."
Ware says Ohioans can protect
themselves and others through a free AARP service.
can share information about scams they've
encountered, and sign up for 'fraud watch' alerts.
Also, there are free browser applications
available that will block those unwanted and often shady ads and pop-ups. Go to a reputable technology
site such as cnet.com
and search for free, popular ad blockers.
Information from Ohio News Service