Study to help older vic­tims of scams

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

Judy ex­pects to com­plete her re­search by early 2019. Peo­ple in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the con­fi­den­tial study can email Judy.Wat­son@


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