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- Coronavirus Scams
- Telephone Scams
- Banking Scams
- Census-Related Fraud
- Government Grant Scams
- Investment Scams
- Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams
- Charity Scams
Top Frauds of 2019 Reports to the FTC
- Imposter Scams was the number one fraud reported in 2019.
- People reported losing more than $667 million to imposters, who often pretended to be calling from the government or a well-known business, a romantic interest, or a family member with an emergency. When people lost money, they most frequently reported paying scammers with a gift card.
- Social Security imposters were the top government imposter scam reported.
- There were 166,190 reports about the Social Security scam, and the median individual loss was $1,500.
- Phone calls were the number one way people reported being contacted by scammers.
- While most people said they hung up on those calls, those who lost money reported a median loss of $1,000 in 2019.
Read more at the Federal Trade Commission
The National Do Not Call Registry was created to stop unwanted sales calls. It’s free to register your home or mobile phone number. If you’ve already added your phone number to the Do Not Call Registry and are still getting a lot of unwanted calls, odds are the calls are from scammers.
Coronavirus Scam Resources
Books from our Collection on Scam/Fraud Prevention