DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texans reported losing more than $203 million to fraud in 2020 – more than twice as much as the year before, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

While part of the increase can be blamed on new COVID related scams; reports of romance, imposter and puppy scams have also gone up.

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These scams are not new, but they are becoming more sophisticated and successful.

In 2019, 23% of Texans who reported a scam said they fell for it. Last year, it went up 35%, according to federal data.

“Your modern day scammer as someone who is as savvy and networked as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur,” said John Breyault with Fraud.org. “They are using all the tools that are available to them right now to make their fraud seem as convincing as possible.”

“I thought I did my homework”

When Ron Dunbar, 60, went online to look for a new puppy for his wife, he…

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