Live 5 Scambusters: Data shows imposter scams are still most common

Live 5 Scambusters: Data shows imposter scams are still most common

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Scam artists may be finding new ways to trick you, but victims still fall for one scam more than any other.

The Consumer Sentinel Network sorts hundreds of thousands of consumer reports into dozens of categories. In the first quarter of 2019, it recorded 602,307 reports of fraud, identity theft and other consumer complaints. Almost half of all the reports, 292,491, were specific fraud reports. Imposter scams continue to lead the way with 124,091. That represents 20.6% of all complaints. Nationwide these scams have accounted for $109.6 million lost in 2019.

Imposter scams represent cases of fraud when a scam artist pretends to be someone else to get your money or personal information. This include romance scams, jury duty scams, and impersonation of government agencies like the IRS and Social Security Administration.

In the most recent monthly data from South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, imposter scams made up 77% of all fraud reports in March. The state office has received 377 scam complaints in the first quarter of 2019, accounting for $294,136 in actual losses.

You can always report scams to SCDCA here and the FTC here.

If you have a scam story to share, email Kyle Jordan at Scams@live5news.com.

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