Spike in online impersonation scam cases in last three years

Number increases nine times to 672 in first 11 months of 2019, with over half the victims in 20s to 40s

The number of cases of people scammed by impersonators on social media has jumped by more than nine times in the past three years, with most victims - six in 10 - aged in their 20s to 40s.

The number rose from 2017's 71 to 672 cases in the first 11 months of last year. The amount cheated ballooned by nearly 43 times, from at least $168,000 to about $7.2 million over the same period of time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2020, with the headline 'Spike in online impersonation scam cases in last three years'. Subscribe