Newly released Federal Trade Commission data shows that consumers reported losing more than $5.8 billion to fraud in 2021, an increase of more than 70 percent over the previous year.
The FTC received fraud reports from more than 2.8 million consumers last year, with the most commonly reported category again being imposter scams, followed by online shopping scams.
Prizes, sweepstakes, lotteries; internet services; and business and job opportunities rounded out the top five fraud categories.
Due to the consistent presence of phone scams involving the elderly, the Community Policing Unit of the Manchester Police Department will give an informational presentation at the Senior Center on Thursday, March 23rd, at 10 am. Register at the Front desk or call 860-647-3211.
The presentation will include recognizing telemarketers, mail, medical and internet fraud. We will also cover identity theft and how to protect yourself. We will provide additional resources and information to help you prevent becoming a victim of these crimes.
Please join MPD Officers Loud and Sampaio for this important presentation. Light refreshments will be served.
549 East Middle Turnpike
Manchester, CT 06045