Would you admit to being scammed?

Would you admit to being scammed?

Scams are getting more professional. Nearly 1 in 5 are now complex, polished and involve legal and financial elements. We all need to guard ourselves – see 30+ Ways to Stop Scams.

However, some are embarrassed that they’ve been scammed and don’t admit it.

Which of these is CLOSEST to your view?


Results

I’ve been scammed (under 40) (186 votes)
I didn’t tell anyone 20 votes (11%)
I only told a few people but didn’t formally report 46 votes (25%)
I reported it to the authorities but kept quiet to friends 23 votes (12%)
I reported it, and was very open about it 79 votes (42%)
I’ve been scammed more than once – I generally kept quiet 4 votes (2%)
I’ve been scammed more than once – I generally was open about it 14 votes (8%)
I haven’t been scammed (under 40) (635 votes)
I’d keep it quiet 26 votes (4%)
I’d report it but keep quiet to others 233 votes (37%)
I’d report it and be very open about it 376 votes (59%)
I’ve been scammed (age 40-60) (208 votes)
I didn’t tell anyone 24 votes (12%)
I only told a few people but didn’t formally report 40 votes (19%)
I reported it to the authorities but kept quiet to friends 33 votes (16%)
I reported it, and was very open about it 92 votes (44%)
I’ve been scammed more than once – I generally kept quiet 4 votes (2%)
I’ve been scammed more than once – I generally was open about it 15 votes (7%)
I haven’t been scammed (age 40-60) (711 votes)
I’d keep it quiet 11 votes (2%)
I’d report it but keep quiet to others 193 votes (27%)
I’d report it and be very open about it 507 votes (71%)
I’ve been scammed (age 60+) (139 votes)
I didn’t tell anyone 12 votes (9%)
I only told a few people but didn’t formally report 25 votes (18%)
I reported it to the authorities but kept quiet to friends 19 votes (14%)
I reported it, and was very open about it 74 votes (53%)
I’ve been scammed more than once – I generally kept quiet 3 votes (2%)
I’ve been scammed more than once – I generally was open about it 6 votes (4%)
I haven’t been scammed (age 60+) (660 votes)
I’d keep it quiet 11 votes (2%)
I’d report it but keep quiet to others 117 votes (18%)
I’d report it and be very open about it 532 votes (81%)

                   2,539 votes received.

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