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Facebook Marketplace, Zelle Scams Are Fastest-Growing Scams in 2022

BeenVerified's analysis of more than 165,000 phone scam complaints reveals the most common consumer phone scams as well as the fastest-growing scams of the year.

Facebook Marketplace, Zelle Scams Are Fastest-Growing Scams in 2022
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NEW YORK - November 23, 2022 - (Newswire.com)

Received a text or call this year claiming there was a problem with an Amazon order? Or how about claims of fraudulent activity on an online account? Scammers have taken on new tactics and strategies to target consumers this year, and while business imposter scams remain the No.1 phone or text scam in America, other scams have quickly entered the scene, according to the latest analysis from BeenVerified.

"Scams that show fast growth are worth our attention, as they often become scams that dominate in years to come," said Robert Lowry, the vice president of security at BeenVerified

A multitude of new and old scam angles were reported, among them ones targeting peer-to-peer payment services and other platforms connecting users directly to one another. The fastest-growing scam types in 2022 were Facebook Marketplace (up 184.8% from 2021) and P-2-P cash transfer apps Zelle (86%) and PayPal (31.8%), as well as crypto and romance scammers that use the popular phone and text message app WhatsApp (32.1%) to target their victims. 

BeenVerified examined tens of thousands of scam calls and text complaints over the course of the year. The analysis found that overall business imposter scams are the number one type of scam by volume (15.1%), followed by romance scams (14.3%), which showed an increase of 10% since 2021

Fastest-growing scams in 2022

 
 
RankType of ScamPercentage change 2021-2022
1Facebook Marketplace184.8%
2Zelle86.0%
2Tax/IRS55.4%
4WhatsApp32.1%
5Paypal31.8%

As we head into the busy holiday shopping season, BeenVerified warns consumers to be careful of business imposter scams, which comprised 15.1% of all scam messages this year. Scammers impersonate legitimate businesses like Amazon, Apple and other name-brand companies to appear reputable to their target, only to then steal their personal or financial information.

Top scam messages in 2022

 
 
RankType of Scam% of Comments
1Business Imposter15.1%
2Romance14.3%
2Bank/Credit Card10.3%
4Debt/Loan6.6%
5Free Money6.4%

How to help protect yourself from phone scams:

If a text, call, or email feels like it might be a scam, here are tips to help stay secure online:

  1. Don't respond to the message. Responding to messages alerts the scammer of a valid number and someone willing to talk—this can cause more attempts to solicit information. If a text or call is presumably legitimate, find the company's support number and call them back directly.
  2. Don't click links. Links can be connected to malicious software, such as ransomware, spyware or a computer virus.
  3. Don't provide personal information. Any personal information, such as a birth date, credit card security code or even the last four digits of a Social Security number, could give scammers the last piece to the puzzle they need.
  4. Don't give someone remote access to your device. Never hand over control of a computer or device, unless the owner of the device initiated contact with the company.
  5. Don't pay with gift cards. A legitimate business will never ever ask a shopper to pay by gift card.

About BeenVerified

BeenVerified's mission is to help people discover, understand and use public data in their everyday lives. BeenVerified and our associated websites curate dozens of public data sources and proprietary data sets to give people easy and affordable access to billions of public records.


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NewSight Reality’s TOM Changes the Trajectory for Augmented Reality Market

Antiquated projection-based visualization for Augmented Reality prohibited mass adoption. Enter NSR's TOM to change the game.

NewSight Reality’s TOM Changes the Trajectory for Augmented Reality Market
Model of NSR's Transparent Optical Module that can be embedded into a regular eyeglass lens to provide Augmented Reality.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - November 21, 2022 - (Newswire.com)

NewSight Reality (NSR), a leading developer of next-generation Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, announced it has successfully demonstrated AR through its proprietary TOM (Transparent Optical Module). This marks the first time in history AR has been achieved through a see-through near-eye display and represents a major milestone towards enabling mass adoption of next-generation AR products and solutions.

"We are no longer a paper tiger with models and concepts," said NSR CEO and President Phil Garfinkle. "We're incredibly excited to demonstrate a near-eye transparent module that is the basis for the next generation of Augmented Reality. We have a display and optics engine that can plug into any AR system. Lighter weight, lower power consumption, and daylight use are just a few examples of TOM's distinct advantages. TOM is akin to moving from a tube-based monitor or projection TV to a bright flat screen display."

Developed by NSR with its partners, TOM is a generational leap over current AR technology and takes a fundamentally different approach to AR displays and optics. Bypassing the need for traditional optical combiners, TOM replaces the light engine and optical engine with a single multi-layer hermetically sealed transparent module. Calibration is only required once at manufacturing.

"We are pleased to support NSR's product development with our unique micro-LED display technology," stated Mike Wiemer, chief technology officer of Mojo Vision. "Our micro-LED displays have the industry-leading brightness, power efficiency, and ultra-high pixel densities required by XR customers like NSR."

TOM is capable of over 80% transparency and high light efficiency thanks to the module's direct transparent display, which is in close proximity to the eyes. This enables exceptionally low power consumption and daylight operation versus projection / waveguide-based light transmission and complex optics.

With a thickness ranging between 1.5 to 2.0 millimeters and a weight of approximately 2 grams, the result is a scalable (without increasing thickness) proprietary transparent module that can be produced with either a flat or curved form factor allowing for simple integration with eyewear of all types: prescription, fashion, and even tactical.

"I have been monitoring the progress of NSR's TOM for over a year," stated General Wesley Clark. "NSR's Transparent Optical Module provides tremendous advantages in military programs by providing lightweight, low energy, and daylight operations that are needed in strategic Augmented Reality applications."

The innovative technology behind TOM allows for practical and dynamic functionality across a variety of different use cases, from everyday use to more extreme, tactical applications.

Interested parties should contact NewSight Reality to arrange a private demonstration of TOM ([email protected]). Micro-OLED and micro-LED versions of TOM will also be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from Jan. 5-8, 2023, in Las Vegas. These demonstrations will further illustrate TOM's adaptability to the unique requirements of specific products across a broad array of industry applications.  

About NewSight Reality, Inc.

NewSight Reality, Inc. (NSR) has established a world-renowned team of experts to deliver and navigate its technology into modular plug-in solutions for the next generation of AR display / optics. NewSight Reality currently has nine core patents issued in the United States and around the world, with another 30+ applications pending. NSR's contract with the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Directorate of Science and Technology is helping to drive the advanced development and testing of a prototype of its Transparent Optical Module (TOM). NSR has established national and international partnerships to speed the development, integration, and testing of its near-eye display technology. 

To learn more about NewSight Reality, Inc., please visit www.NewSightReality.com OR email us at [email protected]


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Phil Garfinkle
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