5 tips to help seniors avoid scams this holiday season |

Online shopping has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and as the U.S. braces for the unknowns of the omicron variant, its popularity is expected to continue this year.

Experts warn that an uptick in scams may follow.

“Fraud is really like a crime of opportunity,” said Victoria Funes, associate state director for AARP Florida. “More traffic creates more available victims for people who are phishing for your dollars.”

Seventy-five percent of adults say they’ve been targeted by or experienced at least one form of fraud, according to a survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

Experts say this is an opportunity to learn best practices that can help you avoid the many scammers that pop up online, appear in your text messages or send letters to your door.

Scammers use many different tactics. But ultimately, their goal is the same — to extract personal information like a bank account login, credit card number or access to an individual’s computer.

Tip 1: If you didn’t initiate the communication, be wary.

“A good frame of mind is just to dismiss anything that you’re being pitched or solicited if you did not initiate it,” Funes said.