I've never taken part in an online auction, and to be honest, I had no idea how popular they are until recently. According to the National Consumers League (NCL), online auctions are wildly popular, and nearly one third of adults in the United States who go online have participated in them (which is about 35 million people).
Of course it is. Because simply organizing, filling out, and filing your taxes isn't a big enough pain in the butt, we have tax scammers who are looking to tap into your funds and personal information.
Romance scams have grown exponentially over the last few years, and they show no signs of slowing down. It's amazing to look at the amount of money that's been scammed from people who are just looking for love.
One of the worst but most effective scams to thrive under pandemic conditions has been the puppy scam. It really kicked into gear during the many lockdowns because more people were home, but even with less restrictions, it's still going strong.