Online scam reports rise for adults 18-24 during the COVID-19 pandemic last year

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ROANOKE, VA. (WFXR) — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has released all of the findings in its 2020 Scam Tracker Risk Report. Due to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders over the past year, many people have turned to online shopping.

For the first time, adults 18-24 reported the highest median losses, around $150, making this age group tied with the most-targeted age group of 65 and over.

The COVID-19 lockdown saw depression rise as separation and loneliness grew. The BBB tells WFXR News scammers started using things like dating apps and puppies to steal people’s money.

President and CEO of BBB Western Virginia, Julie Wheeler, says there are ways to prevent online purchasing scams.

“Most credit card companies will give you a Phantom Number to use just online, that’s tied back to your regular account so that you don’t compromise it, and anytime you can use a third party… whether its PayPal or Apple Pay or something like that where you’re not actually entering your payment information on specific sites that also is a good way to protect yourself.”

Julie Wheeler – President and CEO Better Business Bureau – Western Virginia

If you are concerned that you may be a victim of a scam or have questions, you can call the Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia at (540) 342-3455.

You can read the entire 2020 Scam Tracker Risk Report by clicking here.

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