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Area man almost loses house to deed scam; Fraud on the rise during pandemic – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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MIAMI COUNTY — Fraud is on the rise, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC said last year consumers lost nearly $6 billion to fraud, which is a 70 percent increase from 2020.

During the pandemic, con artists sold fake health products and stole data fo file for unemployment using the victim’s name.

The top form of fraud last year was “imposter scams” the FTC said, the average victim lost $1,000.

Shopping scams were the second-highest form of fraud with about $392 million in consumer loss.

Fake prizes and lotteries, online services and job opportunities were the other main forms of fraud according to the FTC.

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A Miami Valley man unfortunately was almost the victim of a scam targeted at homeowners.

Walter Dolinski listed his home online to rent before he was going to sell it.

Dolinski said someone saw the listing,…

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