The inexperienced and trusting nature of young people is often what causes them to fall victim to scam artists. Some scam artists know how to identify and take advantage of teens and their need to fit in. Also, because teens are often so involved in new technology and web-based interactions, it’s no surprise that many scammers have found the Internet to be the optimal environment for preying on teens.
Inexpensive Luxury Goods
Have you ever seen ads online for cheap iPhones, electronic gadgets, designer clothes, handbags and other luxury goods being sold at just a fraction of the retail price? Many of these advertisements are simply scams aimed at unsuspecting individuals who are looking for a good deal. However, these scams don’t only exist online. Teens can be approached with too-good-to-be-true offers just about anywhere. Sadly, in many cases, these cheap goods don’t even exist. After these teens hand over their money to the scam artist, they never receive the promised merchandise. Sadly, these teens are often so embarrassed about being duped that they won’t tell their parents or the authorities, so many of these scams are unreported.
The naivety of youth often makes it easier for would-be identity thieves to phish for information, as adolescents don’t even realize that they’re handing over personal information that can be used for identity theft
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from SF Gate, written by Janet Fowler