There are many significant threats to both personal and financial well-being posed by modern life in cyberspace. These threats can be particularly pernicious for youngsters and oldsters. Sadly, both groups also typically have limited personal experience to prepare them for handling them, and at the same time are likely disinclined to seek help from others. For these reasons, these same groups are increasingly targeted by a rogue’s gallery of cyberbullies, cybercriminals and other wrongdoers.

Some Key facts:

  • In 2014 over 2,500 fraud complaints from people 50+ were received by the FBI and the reported losses amounted to over $60 million.
  • First contact in online sextortion was by computer 66% of the time, and by mobile phone in 30% of cases;
    • About 31% of cases reported that first contact was in social networking platforms,
    • 24% in messaging or photo messaging platforms, and
    • 12% in voice/video calling platforms or webcam sites;
    • About 45% reported contact with the perpetrator on more than one platform;
    • About 55% reported that the perpetrator lied or gave a false impression about who they were;
    • About 56% of those who provided compromising images reported that they were pressured, tricked, threatened or forced into it (all from a Sextortion online survey).
  • The FBI says it’s epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online.


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