AMERICANS are the targets of nearly 30 scams a month, according to new research.
From 10 email scams, nine phone calls, and eight fishy texts a month – the survey of 2,000 American millennials and baby boomers found the scamming crisis is running rampant.
Two in five respondents reportedly receive upwards of 11 scam emails a month and 34 percent said they get scam phone calls more than 11 times a month, with boomers reporting an average of two more scam calls than millennials per month (10 and eight calls, respectively).
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Scam Spotter, a platform created by Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) with support from Google, the survey found that 46 percent of respondents have lost money due to a scam – with the average respondent falling victim to five scams over their lifetime where they’ve lost an average of over $500.
Respondents were asked about the most ridiculous scam attempts they’ve seen, claims of a warrant out for their arrest in a state they’ve never been to (34 percent), a non-existent relative in prison (30 percent), and attempts to pay their taxes in gift cards (26 percent). One in five respondents even said they were tipped off when a scammer poorly impersonated a friend or relative.
After all of these close calls, the question remains of why so many people fall for scams. 37 percent percent of…