By Steve Cowan
From January 1, 2020, to July 26, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 560 thousand various complaints. The average loss per person was $373.
Since the beginning of 2020, Americans have lost more than $500 million as a result of fraud cases related to the coronavirus pandemic. This is evidenced by data published on the website of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday.
In general, in the period from January 1, 2020, to July 26, 2021, the agency received more than 560 thousand different complaints. Total losses from fraud amounted to more than $505 million, while the average loss per person was $373.
The most complaints were received in the field of online commerce-more than 53 thousand. As the FTC noted back in early July, during the pandemic, Americans were increasingly faced with cases when they paid for the purchase of goods on the Internet, including necessities, such as medical masks, sanitizers, gloves, but they never received a parcel, because the owners of the site turned out to be scammers.