Millennials fall for internet schemes more than seniors

The impact of Tech Schemes is much higher in India, the US, and China than in other markets

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) –  Despite an affinity for technology, a new study finds millennials and Gen-Xers are far more likely to be duped by internet schemes than their grandparents.

The new report from Microsoft found the impact of tech support schemes is much higher with people under age 34 than with older respondents. In fact, only 3-percent of seniors who responded lost money in an internet scheme, compared to 13-percent of people age 18-24 and 18-percent of people age 25-34.

The schemes included four types of interaction, including unsolicited phone calls, unsolicited emails, pop-ups and redirected links. Millennials said they were most easily targeted by pop-up or online ads. The group least likely to be schemed by any of those methods were in the 55+ range.

The impact of Tech Schemes is much higher in India, the US, and China than in other markets, according to the study.