Texans lost nearly $39 million since the start of the pandemic. The KVUE Defenders looked into how the criminals work.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Trade Commission’s COVID-19 and Stimulus Reports show more than 45,352 people scammed in Texas, as of Oct. 27.
Most of the scams were related to shopping, booking vacations and personal care.
Online shopping increased over the pandemic. Tens of thousands of shoppers lost money to scams, with 3,389 in Texas.
When COVID-19 rates fell, more people wanted to travel. Most of the money stolen came from vacation and travel scams nationwide. Thieves took $81.2 million.
The Better Business Bureau’s website shows thieves setting up fake airline and vacation websites.
“We also see entities on the internet trying to impersonate our brand, create fake mobile banking apps and such that somebody installs and then you authenticate to them. We have systems that watch out for that and notify us,” Chris Sprague, security …