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Sam Shumway, AARP Wyoming state director

Scammers are on the prowl with Americans’ increased anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic. This is of particular concern as we commemorate May’s Military Appreciation Month, given veterans and military families are twice as likely as civilians to be targeted by con artists.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, there have been more than 20,300 COVID-19 complaints carrying an estimated $15.6 million in losses since the start of 2020 – and that’s just the ones reported. U.S. service members and veterans should take particular notice, because these fraudsters have tailored their fake pitches to mix the pandemic with top concerns of those who’ve worn a military uniform.

Sam Shumway is the state director of AARP Wyoming. He can be contacted at or 307-432-5816.

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