Arizonans lose millions to Internet scams, including real estate

online-marketing-scamsBy Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, The Republic | azcentral.com

Arizona ranked fifth in the largest sum of money lost in Internet scams last year, according to a federal agency’s annual report.

The federal Internet Crime Complaint Center, which produced the report, is a government agency that partners with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center to receive Internet-related criminal complaints and to aid in investigating these crimes.

Arizonans lost an estimated $25 million in 2014 in various Internet-related scams, with women ages 40 to 49 targeted the most, according to the report. The women in that age group lost approximately $7.6 million. The majority of Arizona complaints to the agency came from men and women over the age of 60.

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