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Virginians lose nearly $180M to scammers

Virginia consumers reported losing nearly $180 million to scams last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC received 52,349 fraud reports from consumers in Virginia in 2022, according to newly released data, with those people losing a total of $179,169,999 to fraud, with a median loss of $650.

The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network is a database that receives reports directly from consumers, as well as from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, the Better Business Bureau, industry members, and nonprofit organizations. Reports from around the country about consumer protection issues—including identity theft, fraud, and other categories—are a key resource for FTC investigations that stop illegal activities and, when possible, provide refunds to consumers.

Across all types of reports, the FTC received a total of 116,465 reports from consumers in Virginia in 2022.

The top category of reports received from consumers in Virginia was Identity Theft; f...

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