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With the emergence of new technologies, it’s become easier than ever for scammers to take advantage of people, including LGBTQ+ individuals.

Scott, who used an alias to protect his identity, never thought he would become a victim of one of these scams. However, when he received an email from who he thought was a colleague, his life would change forever.

Don’t be a victim of scamming

By Taylor Heeden

Scams have become very common in the 21st century, but some groups are more vulnerable than others to fall victim to various attempts to collect personal information and money. Around 70 percent of LGBTQ+ people are targeted in online harassment, while heterosexual individuals are targeted at a rate of 40 percent. When it comes to persistent and more serious forms of harassment, queer people are 51 percent more likely to become a target in comparison to 23 percent of their straight counterparts.

Sometimes, scams are hidden in the places where you least expect, and in Scott’s case, it was in an email sent from an address eerily similar to one of his colleague’s. […]

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