Vermont is 2nd least ‘catfished’ state in romance scams | #datingscams | #lovescams

Vermonters lost less money to romance scams — known as ‘catfishing’ — than almost any other state, but 43 victims in Vermont still parted with $528,709, according to a study by The average victim in Vermont lost $12,296. 

Only Maine residents lost less money, $386,894, to catfish artists, unsurprising given the relatively small populations of both states. Rounding out the top five least catfished states or districts were the District of Columbia at $861,723; New Hampshire at $1 million; and Arkansas at $1.2 million.

From 2015:Here is one Vermonter’s story of an online dating scam

California, the most populous state, easily led the way for victims lured by love with $184 million stolen; followed by Florida at $70 million; Texas at $65 million; New York at $58 million and Washington at $32 million.

The Federal Trade Commission reported that more people than ever are falling prey to romance scams, losing $547 million in 2021 alone, up nearly 80% from 2020. Lovelorn victims have lost a total of $1.5 billion in the past five years, according to the FTC, despite government warnings and shows such as Netflix’s “Tinder Swindler.”

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office released a list of the Top 10 Scams of 2021 in January of this year:

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