June is Internet Safety Month; How to spot scams sliding into your online messages

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 1:05 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - According to the Better Business Bureau, as people are spending more time online there has been a significant increase in the number of online scams since the start of the pandemic. Last year alone, the BBB reports, that type of crime rose by more than 25% compared to the previous year.


  • A staggering 80.5 percent of consumers reporting online purchase scams in 2020 lost money. That figure has been creeping up from 71.2 percent in 2015, when BBB began collecting data.
  • Individuals ages 35-44 were more susceptible and likely to be victimized, while younger consumers are more susceptible than older adults. However, older adults tend to lose more money than younger adults for online purchase scams.
  • In addition, service members, military spouses and veterans were more likely to fall victim than non-military consumers and reported losing significantly more money to online purchase scams.

With June being designated Internet Safety Month, Facebook’s head of Safety Policy for North America, Jen Hanley, joined Sunrise 7 on Tuesday to share five easy ways you can protect yourself in Messenger, from how to spot messages that don’t seem quite right, to how to adjust up privacy settings to prevent scammers from reaching your chats.

For more information, visit //www.messenger.com/privacy

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