TAMPA, Fla. — Many of us have been the target of a scam before. Maybe you received a robocall that sounded suspicious, or someone asking you to load money onto a gift card and send it to them. Scammers around the world are learning how to gain your trust in order to take what you have.

We are more connected than we’ve ever been in human history. From phones to the worldwide web, getting in contact with somebody is fairly easy, but that also means that we are all more susceptible to scams.

AARP found that 41% of Black adults have been targeted by scammers. People of other racial and ethnic backgrounds are also targeted at about the same percentage rate, but this is the first time AARP has studied in detail the types of scams that target the Black community. They found that 21% of African Americans who were targets of a scam lost money and 60% of them reported that they lost money more than once.

Tiffany Jackson says she’s been targeted by a scammer…

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