From RC cars to credit cards, from domestic users to current accounts; there are many Italians who try to save money and many attempts to defraud consumers; According to a survey carried out by mUp Research, in 2019 19% of respondents, equal to about 8.3 million individuals, said they had fallen victim to a scam, online or offline.
Lindagine, based on a representative sample of the adult national population, analyzed the areas most commonly targeted by the attackers: car and motorbike insurance, mobile and fixed-line tariffs, the supply of electricity and gas, personal loans , current accounts and electronic cards.
Analyzing the data on an overall level, it turns out that if men and women were the same amount of cheating (19%), the results vary significantly on a territorial level; in the South and the Islands, the percentage of respondents who declared that they had suffered a scam last year of 21%, while the most attentive were residents in the regions of Central Italy (16%).
The area in which consumers seem to fall victim most frequently to fraud, that of mobile telephony; according to the survey, 6% of respondents admitted to having suffered a scam in this field.
In second place, equal, there are electronic cards and electricity and gas utilities, areas in which 5% of respondents said they had been scammed. In the survey commissioned by the Facile.it website, looking more closely at electronic cards, it emerges that, in percentage terms, more men (6% compared to 5% of the female sample) and residents in the South and in the islands (7%).
Fixed telephony and internet home services follow; in 2019 4% of respondents fell victim to scams in this area, once again in a higher percentage of men (5% compared to 4% of women) and residents in the South (5%). Lower percentage, but not for this to be underestimated, for the other sectors analyzed; in auto and motorbike insurance, current accounts and personal loans only 1% of the interviewees admitted to having been deceived.
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