Online scammers raked innocent victims for over $4 billion in 2020. Here are the most popular scams and how to avoid them.
Michigan was the 15th most scammed state in 2020, as online scams rose dramtically, thanks to the pandemic and the fact that more people were forced to work online than ever before.
The statistics were compiled by the web site SocialCatfish.com in their annual State of Internet Scams report, using data compiled by the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Michigan residents were scammed out of close to $84 million in 2020. The top five states were California, New York, Texas, Florida and Ohio.
And don’t be fooled into thinking scammers target the elderly. Although older people are more frequently fall for internet scams, Gen Z, consisting of 18 to 24 year old people saw their chances of being scammed increase by 52 percent in 2020, the most of any age group.
According to Social Catfish, here are…