Have you ever been the victim of a scam?
With the number of consumers and businesses that are targeted by scammers on the rise, falling for such insidious traps has become a national problem. Most people think they can spot shady individuals from miles off, and some claim that they’d never fall victim to any internet or phone shams, but the statistics speak volumes.
There seems to be a myth going around too, one that claims seniors are far more likely to fall for these traps. Perhaps this is the reason why 43% of people ages 20 to 29 have reported being victims of such fraud a couple of years ago?
The bottom line is that nobody’s safe from them. The Federal Trade Commission, also known as the TFC, reported that 1.4 million frauds were signaled in 2018, with a total amount of $1.5 billion was lost throughout the United States- and these are just known reports. Millions of people might have been duped without alerting the authorities.
In order to keep your money safe, we’ve compiled a list of scams you should be on the lookout for. Recognizing that something shady is at play is the first step of steering clear of these scammers, so take note and the next time any of these things happen to you, step away.