The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network took in approximately 3.2 million reports in 2019 with consumer losses estimated at over $1.7 billion. The 2020 report will be published in the spring of 2021.

“Scam artists are not going anywhere. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, we’ve seen them become more aggressive,” Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas, said. “Whether it’s online or over the phone, we must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting personal and financial information.”

The following list includes East Texas’ most reported scams and suspicious activities of 2020 via BBB Scam Tracker:

1. Phishing/ Smishing/ Vishing. The victim receives an email (phishing), phone call (vishing)or text message (smishing). In the…

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