New Survey Reveals 83% of Americans Have Received Scam Attempts in 2022
Allstate Identity Protection’s “Identity Fraud
in Focus” identifies first quarter fraud trends and spotlights
three scam tactics consumers should be aware of
If it seems like you’re receiving more spam than normal, you
probably are. Seventy-four percent of Americans say they have
received a scam text so far this year, while as many as 83% have
received a scam phone call, according to Allstate Identity
Protection’s (AIP) first quarter Identity
Fraud in Focus report. Of those, nearly half report
receiving 11 or more spam attempts via text or call every week.
Although even successful scams sometimes fail to escalate to
instances of full-blown identity theft – and therefore are not
counted toward Allstate Identity Protection case counts – they are
nonetheless burdensome and costly to victims.
“We hear stories regularly from people who were scammed out of
their nest eggs," says AIP Director of Customer Care Brian Stuart.
“Financial institutions don’t often cover these losses, so we want
to empower everyone with the tools to recognize scams before they
To help educate and protect people from ever-evolving online
threats, Allstate Identity Protection identifies three varieties of
scam that Americans should be aware of:
- Spam texts & phone calls: Scam phone calls and texts
are nearly ubiquitous. And although 60% of respondents report
having some kind of protection against spam/scams, many rely on
basic features that come pre-installed on their devices and are not
seeking additional layers of defense.
- Charity scams: Fraudsters try to take advantage of
crisis situations to steal money or sensitive personal information.
Whether it’s a natural disaster, a global pandemic or geopolitical
unrest, criminals will launch new charity scams to exploit
generosity. When asked, half of AIP’s survey respondents said they
are concerned about fraudulent charities, and 28% say either they
have been impacted or know someone who has.
- Peer-to-peer (P2P) payment service scams: As the ease
and speed of payment transactions increase, so too do scams. That
is why scammers often target P2P payment services, which allow
users to quickly send money. Half of respondents say these types of
scams concern them, and nearly one-third (29%) say either they had
been a victim or know someone who has.
Other Q1 Fraud Trends:
Cybercrime continues to flourish. In the first quarter, Allstate
Identity Protection saw a 121% year-over-year (YOY) increase in
fraudulent credit and/or loan inquiries and a 66% YOY uptick in
Although overall medical fraud case numbers remain relatively
low, the rapid annual growth is alarming, as it can be stubbornly
difficult to detect and resolve.
“The healthcare industry is particularly vulnerable to fraud.
Often, patient files need to be shared with third-party vendors
across a number of systems and devices – some of which are outdated
and lack sufficient protection,” said Allstate Identity Protection
Vice President of Product Lewis Bertolucci. “That’s why our
fraud-detection tools, like dark web monitoring with fast alerts,
provide an important layer of defense. With digital fraud, every
For more detailed first quarter findings, including tips on how
Americans can safeguard their personal information and avoid scams,
please visit the full Identity Fraud in
Survey conducted between May 24-May 26, 2022 on behalf of
Allstate Identity Protection by Morning Consult, among a national
sample of 2,210 adults. The interviews were conducted online, and
the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults
based on age, educational attainment, gender, race, and region.
Results from the full survey have a margin of error of +/- 2%.
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