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New Mexicans are taking all sorts of measures to protect themselves these days – investing in private armed guards, expensive security systems and, of course, guns. But some, especially those in their golden years, may want to keep a keen eye on their cellphone and internet.
Federal authorities say residents in the state were bilked out of millions in internet scams last year with no signs of slowing. In fact, the losses more than doubled from 2018.
There were 2,037 victims and nearly $18 million in losses in 2019, according to a report by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3. In 2018, there were more victims – 2,127 – but only around $8.5 million in losses.