Urgent scam warning as list reveals US states where residents have lost up to $4,858 to cybercriminals


The FBI has issued an urgent scam warning after a list revealed US states where residents have lost up to $4,858 to cybercriminals.

Investigators said the pandemic and an increase in e-commerce were behind the nearly 20% rise in fraud and scam claims.

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E-commerce scams cost victims $5 trillion globally in 2020

According to Wicked Reports data from 2020, cyber fraud has cost victims more than $5 trillion worldwide, more than the GDP of most countries.

In the first year of the pandemic, U.S. e-commerce sales jumped more than 32%, totaling more than $790 billion, as businesses and customers turned to online shopping amid the closures.

Buying online can be risky, so before diving in, try to make sure your product is from a trusted seller or buyer, which can be found from reviews and ratings.

But be careful – sometimes reviews can also be rigged, so do your homework and only buy from trusted establishments or suppliers.

The fraud economy is large, complex and full of skilled operators running it.

A breakdown of state-by-state data from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaints Center (IC3) showed that non-payment and non-delivery scams were most popular among cybercriminals.

Non-payment scams occur when a seller sends an item or performs a service before payment is never received. Non-delivery scams occur when a customer pays for a product that never arrives.

Unfortunately, these scams grew by 76% between 2019 and 2020, costing some 100,000 Americans $217 million.

These heartless schemes, along with phishing scams, extortion, personal data breaches and identity theft, have affected more than 60% of American internet users, according to IC3.

And people over the age of 60 are the most likely to be targeted, with figures showing this segment of the population lost over $966 million to online fraud in 2020 alone.

This comes as experts predict e-commerce could grow 105% by 2025.

The latest Wicked Report study – which includes 2021 demographics from the US Census Bureau to estimate victims per 100,000 citizens for each state – shows Iowa residents were most likely to be scammed .

Victims lost more than $4.5,000 on average there, 121% more than the national average, according to 2020 figures.

In second place is Georgia, where victims lost an average of $4,431, followed by Utah, with residents losing $3,713.

Residents of Washington DC, Kansas and Kentucky were likely to lose the least on average.

In the country’s capital, victims lost an average of $691, 69% less than the national average.

Kansas residents lost $980 and Kentucky residents lost $1,085.

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