Consumers have lost $80 million to cryptocurrency scams since last October, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Monday.
The losses – which constitute a ten fold year-over-year increase – only include scams reported to the agency, so the true figure could be even higher.
Consumers reported losing a median of $1,900 in the nearly 7,000 complaints filed with the FTC in the last quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021.
The scams took a variety of forms, according to the agency, including anonymous tips or promises to double investments from a celebrity.
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The scams particularly affected younger investors between 20 and 49.
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