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Americans tricked out of more than $586 million in COVID-related scams

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New York Daily News

Scammers have bilked American consumers out of more than $586 million through fraud schemes inspired by the global COVID-19 pandemic. From the start of October 2020 through Oct. 14, 2021, Americans filed more than 269,000 fraud complaints related to coronavirus, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The daily average number of reports peaked at 2,100 in April, amid a national vaccination rollout and around the same time the federal government was issuing $1,400 stimulus checks. Many victims, most of them older in age, were fooled by “opportunistic websites,” ofte…

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