During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I warned readers of this column to be alert for scammers utilizing the Internet, telephone and mail to fleece us of our hard-earned salaries, pensions and savings.

Targeting our health-related concerns during the spread of the pandemic, which caused an estimated 600,000 deaths in the United States, the scammers reaped nearly $4 billion peddling, for example, fake virus cures and the illegal selling of vaccines, according to a recent report released by the Federal Trade Commission.

Sadly, Nevada is among the top five states per capita that reported frauds during the pandemic, the FTC noted.

Today, with the pandemic waning, the con artists are adopting new deceptive practices as we emerge back into the sunlight from one of the darkest, most wretched and significant eras in American history.

According to consumer protection organizations such as the Better Business Bureau of Northern Nevada, many of the…

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