In 2023, fraudulent activities in the US resulted in a staggering loss of over $10 billion for consumers, marking a 14% increase from the previous year [1] [2]. This article delves into the specific types of scams that proved most lucrative for fraudsters and highlights the growing need for robust measures to combat cybercrime.


Investment scams emerged as the most profitable for fraudsters [3], accounting for reported losses of $4.6 billion, followed closely by imposter scams at nearly $2.7 billion [1] [2]. E-commerce fraud also contributed to the overall losses, with business imposters alone causing a rise from $666 million in 2022 to $752 million in 2023. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received fraud reports from 2.6 million consumers [1] [2] [3], indicating a higher loss per incident. Imposter scams were the most commonly reported category [1] [2], with scammers primarily utilizing email as their preferred method of contact in 2023, followed by phone calls and text messages [1]. Bank transfers and cryptocurrency were the most frequently employed methods by scammers [1] [2].

The FTC is actively engaged in detecting, halting, and deterring consumer fraud [1]. In line with this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently implemented a ban on the use of AI-generated voice calls to combat spamming and disinformation efforts. These figures underscore the increasing reliance on digital tools by perpetrators and highlight the urgent need for more robust cybercrime-fighting models.


The significant financial losses incurred by US consumers due to fraudulent activities in 2023 underscore the pressing need for enhanced consumer protection measures. The use of digital platforms by fraudsters continues to evolve, necessitating innovative and rigorous approaches to safeguarding consumers from scams. The ban on AI-generated voice calls by the FCC is a step in the right direction, but further efforts are required to effectively combat the ever-evolving landscape of cybercrime.