Internet Scams In New Jersey See Uptick Amid Pandemic


NEW JERSEY — Falling victim to an internet scam is affecting more people in New Jersey every year, with the coronavirus pandemic apparently exacerbating the problem nationwide.

In New Jersey, 124,856 people fell victim to reported online scams in 2020, a 28 percent increase from the 97,705 reported in 2019, according to Comparitech, a technology research company that analyzed data from the Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau, Finance Crimes Enforcement Network and Internet Crime Complaint Center.

New Jersey is part of a national trend that saw an increase in Americans who reported online scams, from 3.8 million to 4.77 million from 2019 to 2020 — a 25 percent increase, according to Comparitech.

Approximately 14.06 victims per 1,000 people in New Jersey were reported in 2020, up from 11 per 1,000 in 2019, Comparitech found.

Scam victims in New Jersey were out $196.2 million in 2020, compared with $190.2 million in 2019, according to…

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