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A Third of Internet Users Are Actively Targeted by COVID-19 Fraud

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32% of consumers say they have been targeted by digital fraud related to COVID-19, with phishing emerging as the world’s top digital fraud scheme related to the pandemic, according to TransUnion, the US consumer credit reporting agency.

TransUnion aggregates information on over 1 billion individual consumers in more than 30 countries. Its customers include over 65,000 businesses.

New data from the firm’s Consumer Financial Hardship studies reveals phishing as the top digital fraud scheme worldwide related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency surveyed 7,384 adults in Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, South Africa, the UK, and the US between June 30 and July 6, 2020. Globally, 32% of respondents said they had been targeted by digital fraud related to COVID-19. 27% said they were hit with pandemic-themed phishing scams.

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