Fraud rises in 2020 nationwide and in Montana

HELENA – While a lot slowed down in 2020, fraud and scammers did not. Data shows fraud reports and dollars lost went up both nationwide and in Montana.

Scammers not only used phone calls, emails, text messages and social media, they also used COVID-19 to convince people to hand over their money.

“We’re talking a lot of money,” Better Business Bureau public relations and communications manager Roseann Freitas said. “(Scams) happen daily.”