COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Imagine falling in love and at the same time falling for a scam. That appears to happen a lot in Colorado according to a new report by HighSpeedInternet.com.
The report used FBI data to research and rank states with the most and fewest "catfish scams per capita" in 2019. Being catfished means someone is using a fake web profile pretending to be someone else online.
According to the report, Colorado is the number 5 state for the most common romance scams per capita. You can read the full report by clicking here.
Some of the highlights from the report:
- The state where you’re most likely to be catfished is Alaska, and Illinois is where you’re least likely to be catfished.
- California had the most victims in any state, at 2,105 in one year.
- Vermont had the lowest number of victims in any state, with only 25 in one year.
- A total of $323,952,461 was lost to catfish scams in 2018. (Fun fact: that's about the net worth of Robert Downey Jr.)
- The state with the highest average cost per crime was North Carolina, with $47,886 per crime.
- The state with the lowest average cost per crime was South Dakota, with $3,281 per crime.
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