A recent study by the firm Social Catfish, a company dedicated to preventing online scams through reverse lookup technology, ranked the State of Texas as the second place with the highest number of frauds in the country, this according to the website of the Dallas News newspaper.
Taking the above into consideration, in the following lines we will talk a little about why this type of deception occurs, the most common cases, and where and how to report this type of crime, in this way you can prevent or be alert to the risk of become a victim of this illegal activity.
Why is fraud common in Texas?
According to the social firm, and based on information provided by the FBI, Social Catfish revealed that during the previous year (2021) there were around 41,148 victims of scams in the State of Texas, which meant losses of almost $606 million. On average, each of them would have lost approximately $14,732 in this location alone, which affects the national economy directly and indirectly speaking in financial terms.
Frequent cases of fraud in Texas
Today, there are multiple ways to execute fraud against another person. If you know little about this subject and want to know some examples of this crime, here are some examples for you to take precaution or take legal action:
-Employment Opportunities: If you are offered a job opportunity, where advance payment is required for training or other services prior to hiring, this may be considered a scam.
-Currency or foreign currency exchange: If someone outside or within the country, asks you to first make a transaction fee to receive the money you need, be it for a loan, receive an inheritance, or another financial operation that requires this type of calculations, you may be a victim of fraud if you are not attentive to the procedures carried out by the intermediary if it is not a bank.
-Fraudulent or unrequited debts: If you receive a notification or call from a number or sender you do not know, and they demand immediate payment or under a period of money or debt that does not belong to you, this may mean that you are facing a potential trickster.
-For repairs or purchases (with or without a discount): Receiving unexpected offers through your mobile phone, email, text message or social networks with the purpose of buying or making repairs is another common form of fraud, especially when the invoice for the service provided or product purchased is delivered, since it is at that moment that costs can be manipulated.
In our next article, we will continue to share other frequent cases of fraud and where to report your complaint, so that you can easily recognize the ways in which this crime manifests itself in Texas and you can receive timely help from a law firm, an attorney, or the local authorities if you require it, after an unusual situation or activity that could lead to this crime.