How to avoid the top scam of 2023: The internet has ‘really supercharged’ it, expert says

Imposter scams were the most prevalent type of consumer fraud in 2023, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

There are many forms, but they share a basic premise: Criminals pretend to be someone you trust, such as a romantic interest, government agent, relative or well-known business, to persuade you to send them money.

The best way for consumers to counter imposter scams is by pausing and verifying that a communication is accurate, according to fraud experts.