SELINSGROVE — Consumers reported losing more than $3.3 billion to fraud in 2020, up from $1.8 billion in 2019, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Newly released data shows consumers reported losing more than $5.8 billion to fraud in 2021, an increase of more than 70 percent over the previous year.
George Dillman, a consumer outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, said if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
“The average senior loses $6,500 to a scam,” Dillman said.
Scams are divided into categories: romance, charity, relatives in distress. He said scammers typically try to cause an instant connection of trust, a buy-in or describe a fake emergency.
Charity scams often don’t send information about their organization…