Study to help older victims of scams
A USC study is looking for ways to help restore the confidence and trust of older Australians in online technology if they become victims of scams that target personal information.
PhD student Judy Watson aims to interview people aged 55 years and over who have had their identity stolen and would like to help others cope with similar situations.
“The theft of personal information from scams is increasingly common and it is important to gain deeper understanding of how this problem influences the intentions of older adults to continue to use online platforms,” Judy said.
“The information we collect will be used to develop recommendations to help reduce the incidence of identity theft, lessen its impact, build resilience and restore people’s trust.”
She said examples of scams that can lead to identity theft included romance scams, telephone scams and phishing emails.
Judy expects to complete her research by early 2019. People interested in taking part in the confidential study can email Judy.Watson@ research.usc.edu.au.