IC3 said 837 of the state’s senior residents lost a total of $7,127,910 in 2020.
More than half of that amount – $3,880,981 – was lost due to confidence fraud, most commonly known as romance scams.
COVID-19 restrictions forced more older people to use the internet to shop and socialize, exposing them to scammers and criminals.
“The FBI and our partners work to investigate scams and crimes against older adults, but the keys are prevention and awareness,” said Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division. “We urge our older residents as well as their families to educate themselves about online frauds and report any cases to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via ic3.gov.”
If you believe you or someone you know may have been a victim of elder fraud, contact the FBI at 505-889-1300 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. You can also file a complaint with the…