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Scams happen everywhere: in every region, state, and community across the country, including your own. You might be wondering, “What kinds of scams are happening in my area?”

We have a tool to help you answer that question: Explore Data. With Explore Data, you can find out what kinds of scams and identity theft people are reporting most in your community. You can also break it down to see how much different groups report losing, and how they paid scammers. You’ll also find interactive infographics about COVID-19 scams, government imposter trends, and many other types of fraud topics.

Watch this video to find out how you can explore FTC data and learn about fraud in your area. It might help you spot and avoid a fraud in the future.

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July 24, 2020
It is helpful to get such information. But, it is like the police and the military telling us, "We can neither catch the robbers and invaders nor prevent them from continual and varied attacks; so please hide yourselves in the basement and lock the front door." I am sorry to write that.
Don't use your…
July 24, 2020
I'm so sick of potential scammers calling from disability and medicare. Everyday I get 1 or 3 calls a dzy.
Friendly senior
July 25, 2020
I think I am involved in a romantic scam from someone in military. Very affectionate quickly. Gifts sent. Asked for iTunes Card that I sent numbers from card on messenger. More romance . Now has been given a large Expensive gift from someone he did a favor for and has asked me to handle shipping cost snd keep items for him until his return to states. Wants me to use Bitcoin. Official emails giving me info . Sad I think I’m being scammed and was developing feelings for him,
Been there, Do…
August 03, 2020

In reply to by Friendly senior

Typical scam. Do not fall for it. Anyone can create "official" emails. Tell him to have the large expensive gift giver to hold that gift for him until he returns to the US. When you say no a few times, he will ghost you.
July 25, 2020
How do I search to see if this girl I've been chatting with for the last few months is real and telling me the truth. I met her on a dating site. But she said she has a very old phone and can't do online video. I don't buy that but she gets mad saying I am calling her a liar. She's asked for money a few times and I've sent her it to her. She has promised to pay me back. And she lives the a four hour drive away but seems to work six days a week and never has the time to meet because Sunday she's too tired, cleans, shops for food, and does laundry. She says she's trying to get a day off. She's sent me beautiful photo of herself only. But as I said no online video chat. How can I match any of these pics online to see if she's scammed anyone else? I can't match her name on social media or even google. Its strange. I need help.
Been there, Do…
August 03, 2020

In reply to by Ken63gm

She is on a Dating website but can not DATE? Red Flag. Have her hold a newspaper up with that days date on it and send that pic to you. That way you will get a real pic and a recent date.
July 30, 2020
A medicare supplement has been calling most every day.I am on Medicare and will not go to my doctor because Covid19 is rampant.I do telemedicine with my mental health provider.Why must I go to infection central so my Primary care Doctor can ask 10 minutes of questions so he can charge Medicare and I get covid?
August 22, 2020
I think I am a victim of internet romance fraud with a woman in Ghana. She had sent me pictures of gold bars in exchange for money
December 21, 2020
Received a call today allegedly from Publishing Clearing House telling me I won 2 million dollars. They wanted me to go to a CVS or Dollar General Store, purchase a gift card for $125.00 and someone from their company would come by my ome to deliver my check and pick up the gift card. I hung up on them at that point.