If you’re frequently online in Minnesota, you may benefit from learning more about the most common internet scams going on right now. According to the National Consumers League, the internet accounts for over 47% of all fraud complaints, and emails account for over 8%. The NCL 2020 data on fraud shows that consumers younger than 25 and seniors are now being targeted more than ever.
Most common internet scams
Sales involving general merchandise account for nearly 42% of the complaints reporting internet fraud to the NCL. These complaints report the goods purchased either being misrepresented or never delivered. Phishing or spoofing accounts for more than 11% of the complaints about internet scams. Phishing or spoofing uses emails pretending to be a trusted source to collect consumers’ personal information.
The fake check scam is a white collar crime using phony checks to pay consumers for work or products, and having them wire money back to the buyer, or scammer. Friendship and sweetheart swindles account for over 9% of internet scams. This involves a con artist nurturing an online relationship to build trust and convince the victim to send the money.
Other common internet scams
Credit arrangers and advance-fee loans account for close to 4% of all internet scams. This involves giving false promises of business or personal loans, even to those with bad credit, in return for an upfront fee. Some of the other commonly used internet scams include scammers faking as technical support and charging for nonexistent problems, faking family emergencies asking for funds, fake investment opportunities, online auctions, and internet extortion.
Recovering from internet scams
If you’ve been victimized by an internet scam, contact a lawyer immediately. Legal counsel may help investigate your claim and work with local authorities to guide you through the legal process and recover damages or restitution for the offense.