It’s a surprising number — according to a survey by Equifax Canada, more millennials are falling victim to fraud than any other generation.
The survey states 53 per cent of the 1,539 respondents experienced fraud, and millennials — those in their early 20s to early 30s — experienced more fraud than any other age group.
Peterborough police fraud detective Keith Calderwood said most of his day-to-day calls still involve seniors, but said the number isn’t surprising.
He points to the social media age as the culprit, and said sharing too much information online is a problem.
“Millennials have grown up with technology, and they put a little too much trust in it,” Calderwood said.
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A younger person is more likely to apply for jobs online, he explained, and fake job applications circulate online.
Inadvertently filling one out hands a stranger a pile of personal information, he said, including an address, phone number and social insurance number.
“People can take that simple information and do a lot with just that simple information,” he said.
Peterborough has two post-secondary institutions, and a lot of rental properties.
“A lot of millennials will fall victim to a rental scam,” Calderwood said.
That scam involves someone posing as a landlord, listing a property, usually online, as available for rent. Interested tenants are asked to put down a deposit.
“And they will just say ‘Yes, I’d like that, and they’ll send a deposit without viewing it or talking to the landlord,'” Calderwood said.
It’s only later that those tenants will find out that the person posing as a landlord doesn’t own the property, or that it’s already been rented to someone else.
The school recommends students to take a first-hand look at anything they want to rent. However, she noted that’s not always possible for students travelling to Trent from far-away locations.
“If the landlord is pushing you to do a wire transfer or anything like that, try and get things in writing,” Robinson said. If possible, she said, try to get a friend to check out the property for you.