(TNS) — A recent study has ranked 10 social media apps and platforms where people are being scammed online the most in 2021 — with Facebook coming in at No. 1.
The top 10 consists of two social media platforms, two messenger services, one popular online game and five dating apps.
SocialCatfish.com released the state of Internet Scams 2021 study using data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), Federal Trade Commission ( FTC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI) . A record $4.2 billion was lost to increasingly sophisticated online scams in 2020. New York is the No. 2 most-scammed state with victims losing $415 million, according to the data.
Scammers have grown more sophisticated, attacking people where they least expect it, the online investigative service warns.
Researchers also included proprietary survey results after polling about 722 members of the Facebook group from SocialCatfish.com called Social Catfish (SCF) Seekers. This group is comprised of Facebook users who have been scammed out of money.
According to the study, the top 10 apps include: Facebook, with 152 victims; Google Hangouts. with 99 victims; Instagram, with 80; WhatsApp and Plenty of Fish had 50 each. Match, OurTime, Zoosk, Words With Friends and Tinder round out the top 10.
SocialCatfish offers these tips to avoid the top scams:
1) Facebook, Account Cloning: Scammers use the photos and information on your public…