March 24, 2024

In an increasingly interconnected world, the ways fraudsters trick unsuspecting people changes all the time. Here’s what to beware of going into the new year.

The holiday season is upon us, and we’re about to enter into a new year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact nearly all facets of everyday life. It’s during times like these that we could be even more susceptible to fraud and scams because our attention is pulled in so many directions, even more than usual.

From older adults to teenagers, scammers can target just about anyone, in person and online. Here are some of the year’s most prevalent scams, and what possible fraud scenarios experts say we should be watching out for in 2022.

Some top-searched scams in 2021

According to Google Trends, the top-searched terms related to “scams” in November 2021 mostly related to remote methods of communicating or sending money. The money transfer platform Cash App appeared twice on the top 5 list. 

Cash App warns customers to only send money to people you know and trust fully. Users must verify and double-check information on the recipient of money, so there is a lot of responsibility in using the app. A tip…

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