FTC reports more than 4,500 fraud complaints related to COVID-19

The Federal Trade Commission has received more than 7,800 coronavirus-related complaints from consumers since the beginning of the year, according to a new report from the agency.

About 4,500 of the reports were fraud-related, and 43% of fraud complaints involved reported monetary loss. Those losses totaled $4.8 million, according to the FTC, with a median loss of about $600.

The top categories of consumer complaints include travel- and vacation-related reports about cancellations and refunds, reports about problems with online shopping, mobile texting scams, and government and business imposter scams.

Nearly 100 complaints have been filed in Missouri since the start of the year. Refer to the interactive map below to see the breakdown of COVID-19 complaints to the FTC by state.


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