Spike in people scammed by impersonators on social media, with many in their 20s to 40s

SINGAPORE - 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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