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FBI says non-delivery and payment of goods scams high during holidays

Edgewater resident Joshua Phinney recently thought he was buying a lift kit and dual stabilizer for his truck on Facebook.

He paid the seller and waited for the merchandise to arrive. It never did. 

Phinney was a victim of an online scam, investigators with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The FBI Office in Jacksonville recently issued a warning to consumers alerting them that scammers are “in full swing” looking to steal holiday shoppers’ money and personal information. 

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More scams, bigger losses expected

For the 2020 holiday season, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received more than 17,000 complaints of non-delivery of goods. That scam alone cost U.S. consumers over $53 million, federal investigators said. 

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