Pandemic scams have raked in as much as $100 million in US
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pandemic scams have raked in as much as $100 million in US

/ 09:34 AM August 06, 2020

A new study shows Coronavirus scammers are approaching a $100 million milestone with California, Florida and New York as the most targeted states.

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Coronavirus scams have at least doubled in nearly every state since March when the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic.

SocialCatfish.com today released a study on Coronavirus Scams by State based on data from the FTC from March through July.

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  • The five most-targeted states as of mid-July include No. 1 California (10,938 FTC complaints, up 110% since March), No. 2 Florida (7,244 complaints, up 124%), No. 3 New York (6,677 complaints up 134%), No. 4Texas (6,427 complaints up 122%) and No. 5 Pennsylvania (4,245 complaints, up 201%).
  • The five states seeing the largest percentage increase include No. 1 Maine: 422% increase with 830 scam reports up from 159 in March; No. 2 Philadelphia: 201% increase; No. 3 North Dakota: 182% increase; No. 4 Ohio: 171% increase and No. 5 Louisiana: 170% increase.
  • Nationally, the FTC has registered more than 150,000 reports of fraud costing victims $97.5 million.

If you encounter a coronavirus scam, contact local law enforcement or file a complaint with the FTC.

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