Have you ever been the victim of an online scam? Would you be willing to share your experiences in order to help others avoid the same predicament?

Increasingly everyday life takes place on the Internet and through mobile phones. Of course, it’s great to have that ongoing connection with your family and friends but there does seem to be a downside to this digital revolution. We are having to learn difficult lessons about who else we make contact with online and how we manage our financial affairs so that we can avoid being duped. The anonymous nature of the Internet makes it very easy for others to deceive us into giving away our personal details, gaining access to our computer or getting us to part with our hard-earned cash.

My name is Dr. Dave Harley and I am a lecturer and researcher from Brighton University who is interested in documenting people’s experiences of online scams in order to understand whether there are specific vulnerabilities for older Internet users. I have been involved in research looking at older people’s engagement with digital technology for over 10 years and I currently run a computer group at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven specifically supporting older people in the area. I would like to know how common your experience of online scams is, what tactics scammers used to deceive you and how you chose to deal with the situation. If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please contact me by email or telephone and I will send you the link to an online survey. If you want to know more about the study, then by all means ring me for a chat.

Name: Dr. Dave Harley

Email: d.a.harley@brighton.ac.uk

Tel: 01273 643472

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