The FBI reported on Wednesday that Montanans lost nearly $380,000 to online scammers in 2020.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3) 2020 report, non-payment or non-delivery scams cost people more than $264 million. Credit card fraud accounted for another $129 million in losses nationwide.
Special Agent Casey Harrington from the Salt Lake City office of the FBI explains how the scammers work.
“So it’s a big time of year for shoppers and it’s a big time of year for retailers, so it’s also a big time of year for scammers,” said Special Agent Harrington. “They want to seize on this online demand for toys and other products to try to trick people into giving up their personal information, their credit card information and their login information so that they can financially profit from it.”
Harrington said the numbers reported to the FBI are actually a fraction of the actual losses experienced by…