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More than half of P2P fraud victims lose money: AARP

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“When it comes to addressing instances of financial exploitation, consumers are less likely to trust P2P platforms than banks and credit unions,” an AARP survey reported.

Dive Brief:

  • About a fifth of adults who used a peer-to-peer payment platform in the last year have been a victim, or “intended victim,” of “financial exploitation” while using those services, according to an AARP report this month, based on a survey of 2,014 adults.
  • Of those targeted in that exploitation, nearly six in 10 (59%) reported losing money via the peer-to-peer services, which was more than in similar bank or credit union situations, the report said. While 40% of victims lost between $101 and $1,000 via a peer-to-peer platform, about a third (33%) lost less than $100, and about a fifth (19%) lost more than $5,000, the report released Feb. 8 said.
  • To fight the negative impact of P2P fraud, consumers using that tool mainly want assurances they’ll be reimbursed (71%), alerts for withdrawals above a specified amount (67%), the option for temporary holds on questionable transactions (67%) and fraud identification training for employees (62%).


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