HOUSTON – Texas was the No. 2 most catfished state in 2020, according to a new study.
The study by SocialCatish.com found that 1,602 victims lost more than $42.1 million to romance scammers.
In total, Americans lost a record $304 million in 2020, up more than $100 million from the previous year.
California came in first with 3,100 victims losing $120 million. While Florida and Michigan followed in third and fourth respectively.
The least targeted catfished states are Wyoming, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Vermont, according to the study.
SocialCatish.com based the study on the most catfished states in 2020 on data the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and the FTC released in March and February of 2021.
The study found there was a surge in the use of dating apps, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which created an unprecedented opportunity for scammers to prey on isolated and lonely victims.
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