05/17/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/17/2021 22:14
Cryptocurrency has gotten lots of attention as a new way to invest. But here's the thing: scammers are taking advantage of people's understanding (or not) of cryptocurrency investments, and how they work. And younger people are losing big.
In fact, the FTC's new data spotlight shows that, since October 2020, nearly 7,000 people reported losses to bogus cryptocurrency investments, adding up to more than $80 million. People ages 20-49 were more than five times more likely than other age groups to report losing money on those scams. But here's an even more striking point: people in their 20s and 30s have lost more money on investment scams than on any other type of fraud. And more than half of their reported investment scam losses - $35 million - were in cryptocurrency.
Cryptocurrency investment scams can happen in many ways, but they're all full of fake promises and false guarantees. Scammers might post investment sites that look real, but you'll find you can't withdraw the money you've 'invested.' Others pretend to be celebrities - like a would-be Elon Musk - doing giveaways with claims of multiplying any cryptocurrency you send. Scammers also use online dating sites to sweet-talk people into bogus crypto investments in the name of love.
If you're thinking about investing in cryptocurrency:
Read more at ftc.gov/cryptocurrency. Need to report a cryptocurrency scam? Visit Reportfraud.ftc.gov.
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