The state of scamming in the digital world paints a grim picture. There’s no better word. In 2020, the FTC received over 2.1 million fraud reports. Imposter scams are the most common type of fraud the agency heard about.

That’s because scammers gleefully impersonate companies, government officials and even coworkers you know. Phishing scams have skyrocketed since the pandemic, and it looks like they’re not slowing down any time soon. Tap or click here for seven essential privacy tools to stay protected online.

You’ll need to take preliminary measures to stay safe, or you could lose a ton of cash. The FTC says consumers reported losing over $3.3 billion to fraud last year. We’ll tell you about the biggest scams out there so you can stay protected (some of these are scarily easy to fall for).

1. COVID-19 scams

Let’s take a moment to remember the old saying that goes, “In life, only two things are certain: death and…

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